2004 Recruiting Profile: Vernon Wilder (OL)

Vernon Wilder is one of the top linebackers in Florida. The senior from Miami (Fla.) Carol City is almost 100% recovered from shoulder surgery and is excited about his upcoming senior season.

Vernon Wilder is a middle linebacker prospect from Miami (Fla.) Carol City. Wilder, 6-0 and 230 pounds, recorded 95 (solo) tackles, forced three fumbles, recovered two fumbles and intercepted one pass last season as a junior. He did this despite have a shoulder problem.

"I dislocated my shoulder as a sophomore and then it happened two weeks before last season," Wilder said. "I played through it and had surgery this past January. I am rehabbing now and I am almost 100%."

Wilder is uncertain as to whether he will participate in spring practice next month. He will attend the Nike Camp at Miami this Saturday but will not take part in the activities.

"I think I hit the best. I am an intense player out there that makes plays. But right now, I have to get 100% healthy and ready."

According to Wilder, he has a favorite team but is open in recruiting. "I grew up a 'Cane fan. They have that winning tradition and they are my home team. But in recruiting, I am open. I like Miami, Florida, Tennessee, Rutgers, and Penn State. They are all sending me a ton of stuff and recruiting me as well as about 20 other schools. I want to take my visits and see what is out there. But the most important thing to me is the team. I want to play for a united team, not a bunch of individuals. I also want to play and I am not scared of competition. You can't be to survive playing high school ball in Miami."

Wilder hopes to camp this summer at Miami and Auburn. Wilder bench presses 335 pounds and carries a 3.0 grade point average.


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