Florida LB Names Top 5

<b>Vernon Wilder</b>, a big middle linebacker Carol City in Miami, Florida, lists the teams seeming most interested in him and singles out his current top 5. Are the Nittany Lions still in the picture?

Name: Vernon Wilder
Position: LB
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 235 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.65
Max bench press: 310 pounds
School: Carol City HS, Miami, FL


Carol City (10-1) continues there playoff run this Friday when they take on Plantation. Vernon has been a big contributor to the Chief's success.

"I make about 10 tackles a game," he estimated. "I have 2 fumble recoveries, probably about 20, 25 tackles for a loss and I think I have 3 or 4 sacks."

Several college coaching staffs have been paying close attention.

"Kansas State, Nebraska, Wake Forest, Miami is showing a little more interest, those are the main schools. Tulane is showing a lot of interest and Colorado State. Those are the ones I can remember."

Vernon later added Michigan State and Syracuse to that list.

Two teams that had previously expressed interest in Wilder, Rutgers and Penn State, have not contacted him recently.

"They backed off a long time ago," Vernon said of the Nittany Lions. I don't know what happened with Penn State."

He said the he hasn't heard from anyone on the PSU coaching staff for about 2 months.

Wilder indicated that he does not yet have a written scholarship offer, but at least two schools have verbally extended offers.

"Colorado State gave me a verbal offer and Tulane gave me a verbal offer. I think that's about it. They told me they want me to come to their school and that they have a scholarship waiting for me."

Vernon has not yet taken any unofficial visits, althought he did attend the Miami Hurricane's games against Tennessee and Syracuse. His father will soon begin the process of setting up official visits.

The top five schools Wilder chose to have listed on his player profile page were Kansas State, Miami, Michigan State, Nebraska and Tulane.

"Make sure you say that the other three are real close to my top 5," he quickly added.

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