Aidan Wilder (5-11 175 So. QB/CB ) of Central Catholic HS, will be a rare four year starter at one of the top football schools in the state. He is ranked as one of the top 5 athletes in Oregon for the 2014 class and his upside his through the roof.
As a freshman Wilder was asked to fill in for injured starting quarterback Ben Cook and that is where the journey began. He isn’t your prototypical quarterback, as his ability to run makes him more of a slot/receiver but don’t tell him that.
Over the last two seasons Wilder has played on both sides of the ball and done very well. He has accounted for 24 Tds/10 Ints and 2213 yards passing through the air. All of this came splitting time with current Senior Cook who was back and forth between injuries. He currently projects as a Defensive back at the next level, but that could change with a breakout season behind center.
” This off season I want to better my top end speed in order to turn those runs I got caught on into Td’s.” Last year Wilder ran for 7 Tds in limited time. “We have the same goal here at Central every year, Win all of our games and come out #1 in the end. He continued, ” Personally I would like to rush for 12 and throw for 30 or more Tds on the season”.
Wilder is a leader, and always thinks team first which is critical as a young quarterback. “We want to outwork all of our opponents in the gym, on the field, and in the classroom…Its important for me to be a guy that my teammates can respect and listen to”.
Central Catholic has been labeled as a school unable to go deep in the playoffs due to it’s weak conference, but give Head Coach Steve Pyne a lot of credit for putting together an unreal non conference schedule. The Rams will play murderers row the first 4 games of the year starting with Skyview (WA), Sheldon, Jesuit, and Lake Oswego.
Its this type of schedule that has helped the Rams compete at a high level the last two seasons, winning two conference titles and losing a close ball game to a nationally ranked Sheldon team in the State Semifinals.
Wilder will look to build off this momentum and lead his team to a state title. You can expect to see the Rams ranked in the Top 5 to start the season, and we at NEI have nothing but respect for the highly versatile athlete and Coach Pyne’s Rams.
Aidan Wilder (5-11 175 Jr. QB/CB- Central Catholic)