Junior College Corner Ready for D1

Junior College cornerback Howard Wilder talks Terps offer.

Junior College cornerback Howard Wilder received an offer from Maryland in the spring, and says he has a high interest in the Terps.

“It's my home town,” said Wilder, who hails from Greenbelt, Maryland, “all my guys that were ranked high around Maryland are going to Maryland, they're trying to bring Maryland back.”

Wilder attended Maryland's most recent victory at Virginia, and complimented the Maryland fans who traveled for the game. “It was cool how they had fans there and the crowd backed up Maryland.”

After graduating Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Wilder decided to attend Junior college. He explains his decision, “They give us more opportunities, more schools come here. It gives me a better chance to play Division 1.”

Wilder plays for Pierce College in southern California. Pierce is 5-1 and ranked #20 in the California Community College Football Poll. Wilder comments on his improvement during this season, “I think I'm doing great, I feel like I've gotten way better.”

Wilder, at 6'0” 180 lbs, describes himself as “an all around corner,” and adds, “I can run with any receiver, I can tackle, I can come up fast, I'm aggressive and not afraid.” The defensive back runs a 4.4 second 40 yard dash and compares himself with Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson and his ability to keep up with the fastest receivers.

So far this season, Wilder says he has been working on his ability to crash and break on the ball when it leaves the quarterback's hands, and watching receivers hips to anticipate when they are about to cut.

Wilder calls himself a leader, and says he would bring hard work, dedication, and leadership to whichever college program he plays for. Wilder is looking for, “somewhere where I can play right away,” he adds, “I've already missed two years at JuCo but I've stepped my game up so I'll be ready. “

Wilder has also received offers from Pitt, Rutgers, Hawaii, New Mexico State, Fresno State, and Utah State.

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