Jamestown OL Drew Wilder (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruit757)
Drew Wilder picks the US Naval Academy as his next step
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
ODU head football coach Bobby Wilder has been a resident of Hampton Roads for over ten years.
Just a few years ago, his elder son Derek graduated from Maury High School and went on to join the Old Dominion football program.
Younger son Drew Wilder (2020 OL 6-3 285) was rumored to be headed elsewhere and he confirmed that on Monday with his commitment to the Naval Academy.
Drew explained his enthusiasm for Navy and the reasons behind his decision:
“I loved the campus and the coaches. I believe it’s a great life decision,” Drew Wilder stated. “It sets up your life after college with a career of your choice and allows you to make a living doing something you love. You get a world class education while playing high level football. Can’t get better then that.”
Of course, with Bobby Wilder as a dad, you can bet Drew was getting fantastic advice on recruiting. Drew had seen his brother Derek go through the process. If Bobby Wilder wanted to be sure to land Drew, you can bet it would have happened. Instead, Drew is headed to the US Naval Academy where he’ll work hard, but he’ll also be highly rewarded.
Drew competed at our recruit757/Sparta Science Showcase at Redskins Park back in March and he performed well against the best competition the state can offer. He was an All-Region 4A selection at center in his junior season, and his off-season has been filled with camp stops and extra work on his craft.
The hard work has paid off.
“I’m extremely grateful for this opportunity,” he said.
Drew will come out of the Naval Academy as an officer, just like every other Midshipman. The work to play football is added to the work that every other Middie is required to do. You play football at Navy not because you’re chasing an athletic scholarship. You play football at Navy because you love football, and you see the benefits that the Naval Academy can deliver for a lifetime.
– Andy Hilton