I’m already getting an idea on who will help headline Ventura, Calif., St. Bonaventure’s stacked 2018 class. One of them already has a brother playing Mountain West football.
That is Chuck Wick, whose older sibling Shaun is currently in the backfield rotation at Wyoming.
After watching the latest Wick in person and in the film room, he looks every bit like a MWC back, and has the potential to land on several Power Five teams’ radars too with the breakout junior season he’s having.
Here’s a breakdown on St. Bonnie’s latest workhorse:
Speed, power and determination – three traits that best describes Wick’s current game. The way he accelerates into open holes makes him look like a Chevrolet speeding through a corner on the Daytona International Speedway. Already has top end speed for a high school back with his reported 40-yard dash time of 4.53. He’s become a more physical runner who thrives on contact and dares defenses to gang tackle him. During his sophomore year, Wick relied more on speed and elusiveness to beat defenders. But now he’s trusting his low pad level, vision, legs and his offensive line to assist with his running. He’s established himself as a more patient runner who has the utmost trust of his front five to clear the way for him. He tends to use the crown of his helmet to blow past defenders, which means he still needs to be more consistent with keeping his head up when carrying the ball and not have his eyes locked on the grass while running. He’s rarely used as a blocking back, so his ability to pick up blitzing linebackers is still a question mark. Nevertheless, he’s clearly brought a physical identity to the Seraph offense.
FRESNO STATE IMPACT
Wick has told Barkboard that he is in contact with Fresno State tight ends coach Joe Bernardi, who has told Wick that he likes his play at RB. A scholarship offer, though, hasn’t been extended yet and there’s no telling which direction FS goes recruiting wise once a new regime is in place. But regardless of who the next Bulldog coach will be, that staff needs to start making a run at this rising Seraph running back, who closed out the regular season with back-to-back 200-yard games against Oaks Christian and Camarillo recently.