Gamecocks offer in-state running back
Blythewood (SC) standout running back Brandon Wilds brings an excellent combination of power and speed to the backfield, and many followers of recruiting in the Palmetto State believed it was only a matter of time until the talented prospect picked up his first offer. That offer came on Saturday from the home-state Gamecocks when Wilds made the short drive to Columbia to attend South Carolina's junior day.
"I got my first offer today. (The USC coaches) liked me a lot and said they could use a big back. They like my speed," Wilds said. "It felt real good (to get the offer)."
The 6-1, 225 pound Wilds, who has been timed at 4.5 seconds in the forty yard dash, enjoyed his experience at the Gamecocks' junior day event and learned quite a bit about USC's program.
"It was good, it was my first junior day. It was a good experience," said the talented running back. "I went to the weight room, toured the locker room, and saw the facilities and stuff. I learned a lot. I met with a lot of the coaches, Coach (Steve) Spurrier Jr., Coach (Jay) Graham, and a few others. It was real good."
Wilds is not ready to name any favorites at this early stage in his recruitment, but he acknowledged that he likes South Carolina and believes that Coach Steve Spurrier has the program headed in a positive direction.
"A lot of my family went there, so growing up I went to a lot of games. They have a good atmosphere," he noted. "Coach (Steve) Spurrier has the program going in a good direction. They have a lot of good players like Stephon (Gilmore) and Alshon Jeffery who played well as freshmen. It's good to know they have a program that helps out freshmen a lot."
While USC was the first school to step forward with an offer, Wilds believes that Georgia Tech and Maryland are also close to offering. The Blythewood High School product is in no hurry to make a decision, but he does have a good idea of when he'd like to make a commitment.
"I'm still hoping to get more offers," Wilds said. "I'm a December graduate, so hopefully I'll make it right after football season or maybe even before football season. I might make it around August."
Wilds doesn't have any other visits scheduled at this time, but he does know one big factor he'll be looking for when the time comes to make a decision.
"Playing time is big, I don't want to wait around too long. I love playing football."
Lastly, Wilds, who rushed for an impressive 1,500 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior, described what all he brings to the football field as a running back.
"For my size, I've got great speed. I can catch and make quick cuts. I can also run you over. I just bring a lot to the table."
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