Marcellos Wilder likes Louisville

Marcellos Wilder, a 6-foot-3, 190 pound wide receiver from Tuscaloosa (AL) Central, is one of the top playmakers in Alabama this season. He's off to a great to his senior season and has helped his team to a lofty standing in the Class 4A standings. That's why schools like Louisville have already pulled the trigger and offered.

Marcellos Wilder, a 6-foot-3, 190 pound wide receiver from Tuscaloosa (AL) Central, is one of the top playmakers in Alabama this season. He's off to a great to his senior season and has helped his team to a lofty standing in the Class 4A standings. That's why schools like Louisville have already pulled the trigger and offered.

"He's doing well," Central assistant coach Curtis Graves said. "He has eight receptions and four touchdowns for about 300 something yards. We're 3-0 and ranked No. 2 in the state right now."

Wilder, who runs the 40 in 4.5 seconds, brings a lot to the table.

"He's strong and he runs good routes and he has great ball skills," Graves said.


That's why several programs, including Louisville, have already offered. The Cardinals, along with Ole Miss and UAB, have extended scholarships to the Scout.com two-star prospect. Some schools, like SEC heavy-weights Auburn and Alabama, are taking a wait and see approach to Wilder's recruitment.

"Ole Miss, Louisville, UAB and Auburn are the schools recruiting Marcellos the hardest right now," Graves said. "Auburn hasn't offered him yet and I think they are going to hold out until the last minute to see if they can get Julio Jones first."

If either the Crimson Tide or Tigers offered, they'd be hard to beat for Wilder's services. However, out of his current offers, Louisville seems to be the favorite, even though Wilder is scheduled to visit Ole Miss this weekend for their game against Florida.

"He likes Louisville a lot," Graves said. "He really likes Alabama and Auburn, those are his No. 1 and No. 2 choices right there. But as far as the schools that have offered him he really likes Louisville a lot."

What does Wilder like about Steve Kragthorpe's Cardinals?

"He likes their offense," said Graves. "He likes that their program will always have a good quarterback in the system. So he'd have a chance to make plays."

Wilder doesn't appear to be in a rush when it comes to his recruitment. He hasn't scheduled any official visits and probably won't until after the season. He's also in good shape academically.

"He's going to wait until after the season to take his visits," Graves said. "He had a 25 on his ACT and has about a 2.8 gpa."

  • Central also has two other stars to keep an eye: 2008 RB DeMario Pippen and 2009 CB Jonathan Edwards. Pippen leads the state in rushing with over 700 yards in three games, including a 262 yard effort against Paul Bryant HS. Edwards, a 5-11, 180 pound junior, has five interceptions on the season. Southern Miss, UAB and Ole Miss are recruiting Pippen and he'll visit Ole Miss this weekend.


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