He wanted to be a Cornhusker.
The three-star defensive end from Parker (Colo.) Legend announced his commitment to Nebraska on Sunday, just two days after landing the offer. It was enough time for coaches Mike Riley, Bob Diaco and John Parrella to seal the deal.
"When I first got there, I was just treated with nothing but respect," Wildeman told Scout.com. "The coaches were incredible. I just went to my core three values in a program. One, it's got a great education. Two, it's a great coaching staff whose mentality I agree with and who I would love to shadow because I'd like to be a college football coach. And three was tradition, so I felt all three of those really played into my decision and Nebraska hit it on the head in every category."
The 6-foot-6, 230-pound Wildeman picked the Cornhuskers over nine other offers, including Arizona State, which he recently visited, and Iowa, his father's alma mater. He said he doesn't intend to take any visits moving forward.
"As soon as I got on campus, the coaches were giving me so much love and constantly talking to me," Wildeman said. "I talked to coach Riley multiple times and they really seemed to like my size and length. Coach Diaco told me he likes me at the four-technique in his 3-4 defense. I think it's a perfect fit. He talked about some schemes he would do. I loved the idea and his vision for me."
Nebraska drew 78,000-plus fans at its spring game and that undoubtedly had a big impact on Wildeman and other recruits.
"It was incredible to have that many people come out to watch them scrimmage each other," Wildeman said. "As soon as I stepped on the field, there was just goosebumps. There were little kids asking recruits for autographs. It's an incredible place.
"I talked to Bookie Radley-Hiles and it's great we got him. I talked to a few other guys that are thinking about Nebraska. When I saw a spot was open, I just had to pull the trigger on it. My grandparents are diehard fans and they gave me some big hugs. They are going to come out to every game. It's just great to have a support staff with them and my aunt and uncle in Lincoln. That's awesome."
Wildeman was planning to visit the Hawkeyes soon but said that's no longer on the itinerary.
"I do not think I'll be going to Iowa; if I went, the Nebraska fans would probably kill me," Wildeman joked. "It's a very hard commit. I'm 100 percent with Nebraska."
Wildeman was credited with 40 total tackles, including 13 for a loss, in 10 games as a junior last season.