Wilds, currently a junior at Blythewood High School in Columbia, South Carolina, will be graduating in Jan 2011 and could wind up in College Park just a few months later. Currently, Wilds has offers from his hometown South Carolina Gamecocks, as well as East Carolina and Maryland. Each schools bring different things to the table and it won't be an easy desicion but there is no one particular things Brandon Wilds is looking for in a college. " When I choose a school it will be combination of things" he said " I want to be able to have a chance to play by the end of my freshman year, like the college atmosphere, coaching staff and system, and proximity to home is no factor." All these factors will definitely come into play when Wilds visits College Park on the 24th of this month.
On the field, Wilds play speaks for itself. At 6'1'' and 220 pounds, Wilds looks like the stereo typical "big back", but watching him play you will see he is more than that. At the US Army All- America combine this season is where he showed his versatility. He squated 500 pounds, ran the shuttle in 4.12 seconds and recorded a vertical of 37 inches. Couple that with his 4.5 as well as his pass catching ability and you will see that Brandon Wilds is more then a just a slow, bruising back. He also plays basketball and runs track, so his athleticism should never come into question. This season was his first at tailback, after sitting out freshman year due to transfering and playing fullback last season, and the fact that he already has offers from four division one schools speaks volumes of the work ethic and talent he posses. He practiced an entire season with his team freshman year despite not being allowed to play in any games. This should endear him to college coaches everywhere and something he believes will help him at the next level.
While things on the field should come easy to, there are many other challenges that face college freshmen that often hamper their success. Taking classes, adjusting to the college lifestyle and getting used to the playbook and system often take freshman an entire year, but it is something that Wilds is ready for. " Graduating early will give me the chance to already know what my classes will be and will help me get used to campus and practice with the team in the spring" he said " having the extra few months to get used to everything will give me a major advantage over people just coming in during the fall." The most impressive part is that Wilds, has aspirations of being an architect or engineer if football does not pan out.
Wilds has it all in perspective and there is no doubt that he succeeds both on and off the field.
Hopefully his visit to College Park on April 24th isn't the last time we see him.