Flying under the radar entering the East Coast Elite Football Camp at Rutgers Wayne (N.J.) Passaic County Tech. Institute safety Jermaine Wilder raised his profile at the end of a steamy two sessions.
The class of 2017 defensive back benefited from the long list of local schools in attendance at the Scarlet Knights’ satellite camp, earning his sixth offer from Albany.
“I have six offers,” Wilder said. “I just received an offer [Saturday], which was from Albany. Other than that, I have an offer from Stony Brook, Del State, Maine, Delaware University, Rhode Island. I have a lot of offers and it’s paid off, so it’s up and coming for me.
“I think I’m on the right track. Just keep perfecting my craft, you know, keep coming down and seeing them, of course, make sure my grades is up.”
Wilder said he hopes that path eventually leads him to a coveted Rutgers offer.
With his high school teammate and four-star offensive lineman Carter Warren — No. 7 in the East and No. 3 in New Jersey at offensive tackle — already with a scholarship from the Scarlet Knights on the table, Wilder’s goal is to make sure he is next.
“Well, Rutgers is the home college for New Jersey, and it would be awesome if I got an offer from them because everybody knows Rutgers,” he said. “And as soon as somebody gets an offer from Rutgers, other schools come to watch because there’s no other reason why Rutgers would offer someone unless they’re good. So, it would mean a lot — it would mean so much to me.”
The 6-foot-1, 191-pounder said he consistently remains in contact with coach Chris Ash and defensive backs coach Bill Busch, keeping an open dialogue on his recruitment.
Working with Ash, Busch and cornerbacks coach Aaron Henry in one-on-one drills at Saturday’s camp, Wilder said the exposure enriched his outlook on the direction of the program even further.
“It’s awesome, very awesome,” he said. “They look like they’re gonna bring something to the league this year. Coach Ash is a very great coach. Coach Busch is a great defensive (coach). Everybody’s just great, so I think they’re gonna be very good.”
In an effort to expand his exposure further, Wilder said he will stay close to his Wayne, N.J., hometown and head up to Paramus (N.J.) Catholic for the Next Level Football Camp, which features Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Maryland, among others.
“Other than that, I’m trying to get down for a Virginia Tech camp,” Wilder said. “I know they’re having a satellite camp, so I’m trying to get down there. … Trying to get down to Fordham. Penn State’s having a satellite camp there, so I’m trying to get down over there. So, I have a lot of stuff going on, lot of stuff going on.”