November 22, 2009
Wilds will watch ACC title game closely
Blythewood (S.C.) running back Brandon Wilds had an outstanding junior campaign racking up over 1,500 yards and 20 touchdowns leading his team to a South Carolina high school state playoff appearance, but now his season is over and he is focusing his attention on finding his future home. In recent weeks Wilds has made a pair of trips to the two best teams in the ACC, Georgia Tech and Clemson. Jacketsonline caught up with Wilds to see how those visits went and what schools are looking at him the hardest.
"I visited Georgia Tech two weeks ago and I was at Clemson this week," Wilds said. "I am not sure how interested Georgia Tech is in me, but I am very interested in them and I know they like me as a running back as does Clemson."
Wilds' team runs a spread-option style offense that has many similarities to the Jackets offense and he more interest in the Jackets from an academic standpoint.
"They run an offense that is similar to ours and I think it would be an easy adjustment, but the biggest thing I like about Georgia Tech is the engineering program," he said. "I want to be an engineer and they have one of the best programs."
This summer, Wilds camped at Georgia Tech for their junior/senior camp and he remains very interested in the program. He was in Bobby Dodd Stadium for the overtime win over Wake Forest two weeks ago.
"I really enjoyed the crowd and the atmosphere. I loved when they drove the car on the field. That was really cool," he said. "I like how they use their running backs and the different techniques they use with the fullback and the slots. I don't mind blocking or doing that type of stuff, so I could see myself in the offense."
Wilds enjoyed watching the interplay between Josh Nesbitt and Jonathan Dwyer in that game and it reminded him of how he plays with his quarterback.
"Tech has a great quarterback and he does such a great job running that option," he said. "He looks so comfortable back there with his backs especially the fullback. That is how I play with my quarterback. I was the fullback last year on our team because we had a really fast slot guy, so I understand how that works."
The Tigers also impressed Wilds this weekend with their 34-21 win over Virginia that clinched the ACC Atlantic Division title.
"I loved the Clemson visit and the game. The crowd was amazing. My former teammate Marquan Jones is a receiver there and he says he likes it a lot," he said. "I will be watching the ACC Championship game closely when Clemson and GT play."
The six-foot-one 215-pound back has also visited South Carolina this year and he is getting a lot of mail from Alabama, Nebraska and the Gamecocks along with the interest from the Yellow Jackets and Tigers.
"I am getting a lot mail, but so far I have not got my first offer," Wilds said. "Hopefully when my junior film gets out, I will start getting some offers."
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