Is Wilds firm to South Carolina?
Brandon Wilds, who possesses an impressive combination of size and speed at 6-1, 225 pounds, committed to South Carolina over offers from Illinois, Maryland, East Carolina and others earlier this year, but reports surfaced recently that the Blythewood standout was wavering in his pledge to the Gamecocks and was considering a visit to Illinois, the main school continuing to pursue him. However, after taking some time to think things over, Wilds has elected to shut down his recruitment and will stick with his pledge to USC.
"I'm not taking any more visits," Wilds stated on Thursday evening. "I'm firm in my commitment to South Carolina."
The Palmetto State running back has been in attendance at several of USC's home games this year, and he likes what he's seen out of the Gamecocks on the field so far this season.
"It's going good," Wilds said of USC's 2010 season. "They just need to pick it up a little bit more in the second half, but other than that they're doing real good this season. Hopefully we can win out and win an SEC Championship this year."
Carolina's use of freshman phenom Marcus Lattimore and his backfield mates has caught Wilds' attention this fall, and he believes he will be a good fit in the Gamecock offense when he arrives on campus next year.
"They use the running backs in different ways. They do a lot of screen plays, and I'm familiar with that because I catch the ball well out of the backfield. Then they use pretty much downhill, between-the-tackles running. I like it, they‘re running well this year," he said.
According to Wilds, he already has an idea of how he will fit into the Gamecock backfield rotation.
"The coaches say they want to use me in a Brian Maddox role," Wilds noted, hinting at his similarities in size and skill-set to USC's senior running back. "I bring speed, power, and good catching ability for my size."
Wilds, who is being recruited by veteran South Carolina assistant coach Brad Lawing for the Gamecocks, has taken notice of USC's strong recruiting efforts in this class, and he believes a big finish is ahead for Carolina's 2011 class.
"I've met a lot of the different recruits. I've spoken with a few of (USC's commitments) after the games, and we're doing real good in recruiting right now. We just got the four-star receiver Damiere Byrd, and I think it'll keep going strong."
Following his dynamic junior campaign, Wilds is not having the kind of start to his senior season that he had hoped for, but he believes that he and his Blythewood offense will finish this season strong.
"It's going OK. We're 2-0 in the region right now," Wilds said of his senior season thus far. "Personally, I'm not doing too well, but it's about to pick up. Hopefully I can get over 1,000 yards and 20 touchdowns. That‘s my goal."
Wilds, who runs a 4.5 second forty yard dash, rushed for over 1,500 yards and 20 touchdowns in his junior season. He is the 104th ranked running back in the country this year, according to Scout.com.
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