Recruit Talks About Incidents

In an interview with one of the state's top prospects, this talented player said he couldn't believe what he saw at the Florida/Miami game last month. He talks about two separate incidents. He also talks about his season, the recruiting process, and what he currently thinks of the Hurricanes.

At 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, Winter Park (Fla.) Trinity Prep standout safety/punter Eric Wilbur is enjoying a very strong season so far.

In helping his team to a 3-1 start, Wilbur has 36 tackles, two interceptions, and one defensive touchdown while playing safety. Punting the ball, he's averaging 45 yards and has sent 98-percent of his kickoffs into the endzone as touchbacks.

Wilbur said he would like for those numbers to improve but playing both sides of the ball (he doubles as a wide receiver) as well as every special teams unit, he cramps up a lot. Now, Wilbur thinks he has a solution to that problem.

"I'm starting to drink pickle juice to help prevent cramping," he said. "I know a lot of NFL teams to do, the Bears do it. Hopefully it'll work."

Wilbur, a full academic qualifier, said he's also enjoying the recruiting process thus far.

"It's been going really good," he said. "There are a couple of schools that still remain interested. Florida, Miami, Central Florida, and Notre Dame call a lot and are all recruiting me still."

Wilbur, who has a scholarship offer from the Hurricanes, said he's already been to a couple games this season.

"I went to their first game against Florida A&M," he said. "I had a good time. I met the coaches, saw a good game, and got to meet some other recruits. I saw Christian Koegel and it was good to see him again. I also sat next to a kid that said his brother played for Miami. He was a bigger kid but I don't remember his name."

Wilbur said he then went to the Florida/Miami game the following week and was amazed at some things he saw.

"Well, the whole thing was crazy because it was such a big game and they had so many recruits there," he said. "Right at the gate there was a sign that said you can't wear clothes supporting the other team. A couple of guys from Miami were forced to take off their shirts."

However, that wasn't it, according to Wilbur. Things got even crazier.

"Where they put us (recruits) was right near a lot of University of Florida alumni," he said. "When a bunch of recruits started rooting for Miami, I guess the alumni didn't like that too much. They started yelling back and forth and some of the recruits actually got escorted out. It was crazy. I mean, I like both Florida and Miami but these guys were rooting real hard for Miami. I don't know their names though."

Wilbur said he's trying to find some time to set up some official visits.

"I have been meaning to do that but haven't found a lot of time yet," he said. "I would like to visit Florida, Miami, Notre Dame, and UCF for sure. Those are the four on my list right now. None of them really are standing above the rest."

Wilbur is also being recruited to play in the secondary for the Canes and Gators.

"I like it because it gives me another option," he said. "And if things at safety don't work out, I always have punting to fall back on. I think it's a good situation."

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