Seven offers and counting for Wilder

After spending the 2011 season starting for another JUCO program, current L.A. Pierce CB Howard Wilder (6-0, 185) has plenty of schools interested in getting him in the fold. JCFootball.com spoke to the talented defensive back recently and he updated us on which schools have extended offers and which ones could be close to offering...

"I've gotten offers from Maryland, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Hawaii, New Mexico State, Fresno State and Utah State," Wilder told JCFootball.com recently. "I also am hearing a lot from Miami and Arizona State, but neither of them have offered me yet."

As a freshman last season, Wilder was a starter for College of the Canyons and started every game, posting 49 tackles and five passes defensed.

"I was there and I started, but I wanted to get ready to play in the NFL and I felt like coming here to Pierce, that the coaches here could get me ready quicker," Wilder said. "I was college-ready coming out of high school, so I know I can hold up in coverage at the next level. I need to get ready for the NFL and that's where I need to improve every day and I just felt like this program here, here at Pierce, that they would get me ready quicker.'

This offseason, Wilder has been hard at work getting ready for his sophomore campaign and he said a lot of it has been spent in the film room, not just out on the field.

"Obviously, a lot of running and quickness and explosion stuff is what I need to work on all the time," Wilder said. "But I have been working really hard at studying film, watching the five and three-step drops, seeing what routes that opponents run off of them, what routes they run out of certain situations, stuff like that.

"I want to be able to read stuff quickly so I can make more plays on the ball than I did last year."

Wilder hails from Maryland and was heavily recruited after a solid senior season, but he was unable to qualify so he decided to head to California to play some JUCO football.

"Out in California, especially Southern California, that's where the best JUCO talent is," Wilder said. "I knew coming out here I would face a lot of really talented guys every day in practice and then every week on the field.

"In order to be the best, you have to compete against the best and that's what I love to do -- compete."

Wilder is on pace to graduate in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2012 football season.

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