Central Florida Star Gets UM Offer

This talented prospect from central Florida picked up a scholarship offer from the University of Miami shortly after a very strong performance at the UM summer camp. He talks about it, and where the Hurricanes are on his current list.

When college coaches checked into Trinity Prep H.S. in Winter Park this past spring, they wanted to watch the incredible leg of Eric Wilbur. However, many of them left wondering whether they should recruit Wilbur as a kicker or as a defensive back.

After all, the talented athlete finished last season with 87 tackles, three caused fumbles, and four interceptions at free safety before being named second team all-state. He was a first team all-state kicker as he connected on 11-of-14 field goals with a long of 48, averaged 48 yards per punt, and put 78-percent of his kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks.

Wilbur also competes in three other sports. He's a catcher/center-fielder in baseball, competes in four events in track (he ran an 11.7 100m as a junior), and also plays soccer. Inside the classroom, Wilbur carries a 2.5 GPA and scored an 1170 on the SAT.

"Florida, Florida State, Miami, and UCF all called on the phone in May," Wilbur said. "UCF has sent a scholarship offer and one from Miami should be on its way."

The offer from UM is on its way after Wilbur put on an impressive performance at UM's camp in late June.

"I didn't do as well as I would have liked," he said. "I strained a hamstring during testing but I must have done well enough because they told me they'll be sending a scholarship offer real soon."

The talented kicker also attended the University of Florida camp last month.

"I was given the defensive back hustle award at Florida," he said. "I also got the MVP for Punters. They're debating whether to offer me as a defensive back or as a punter because they like me at both positions."

Wilbur said he doesn't have any particular favorites and wants to keep his options open.

"I'm keeping everything open," he said. "I would like to take some visits before I start talking about favorites. I've never even been to Florida State's campus so that's a possibility for camp. I would also be interested in checking out Notre Dame, Ohio State, Nebraska, and LSU."

At 6-2 and 185, Wilbur said he is encouraged about the Hurricanes and their situation.

"Coach Soldinger came by practice in spring and called me on the phone the same night," he said. "He told me they liked me and needed a punter and that I could fill that spot. I had a good time at camp and enjoyed the campus and the coaching staff."


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