Big Wayne Wilder is ready to come to Kansas. The 6-3 295 DT from Garden City Community College has known for a while that KU was the place for him. While he didn’t commit until just recently while on an official visit to the KU campus, Wilder says he knew heading into last weekend’s trip that Lawrence was the place for him.
"It wasn't a surprise (to commit last weekend),” Wilder admitted. “I've been studying them for about a month now and it wasn't a surprise to me or nothing like that. I was pretty sure that I was going to end up coming there."
Before visiting Lawrence last weekend, Wilder already knew all about the Kansas football program, its coaches and KU’s need for defensive line help. All he really needed to see was the campus and the new town he’d call home and as it turns out, he was impressed with both.
"The city itself, the city was beautiful,” the Macon, GA native said of Lawrence. “With me being on this end of Kansas in Garden City, it's a whole other atmosphere. It's bigger. Lawrence is bigger and has more to see. There's more surroundings around there, you know?"
Wilder is pretty big himself and can bench press over 500 pounds according to his head coach at Garden City C.C., Bob Larsen. Wilder is no stranger to the weight room and plans on immediately hitting the Kansas weight facilities next spring when he arrives on campus.
“I'm excited about that,” Wilder said of concluding his studies in Garden City and enrolling at KU this spring. “I'm ready to come on in and get started with my lifting and be a part of the team. I'm just excited about the whole thing.”
Joining up with his future Jayhawk teammates this spring will help Wilder get a jumpstart on staking his claim to some major minutes in his first year at Kansas.
“My first year goals are to start and help the team win games. I'm just trying to get that starting position. No doubt about it. It's exciting to be a part of it. I'm hoping that I can come in and help win games."
So, what kind of help will Wilder provide?
"Me being the size that I am, I'm pretty quick at coming off the ball. I'm really good at stopping the run. I can get penetration – that's one of the best things, I can get penetration there to help out the linebackers, you know? So, penetration and stopping the run are my two best (things) I can do."
And now it appears he’ll be doing them at Kansas. Check back for more on Wilder and the rest of Kansas recruits as this year’s class continues to grow.