Forrest’s Wild signs with Wofford College

Sunday, February 5, 2017
Present at the national signing day ceremony at Forrest from left are, Gail Holt Michael, Slayton Wild, John Wild and Susan Wild.
Tribune photo by Anthony S. Puca

Wednesday morning at Forrest High School, Rocket all-purpose standout Slayton Wild signed a Letter of Intent to play football next season at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

“I really appreciate all the opportunities that I had and all the schools that did offer me a scholarship,” Wild said. “But today is about my decision to sign with Wofford and I think it is the best decision I have ever made in my life.”

Wild fits in perfectly for the Terriers with his bite at the heels style of football and confident swagger he portrayed in his three years with Rockets, who are coming off back-to-back Region 4AA titles.

“Wild has always had that swagger,” Forrest head coach Brent Johns said. “The good part about that is he has always backed that up, he has never not backed that up.”

Wofford College is part of the Southern Conference and posted a 10-4 overall record and was 4-2 in conference play.

“This is big for the Forrest program, I can’t think of the last time we have had a kid sign a football scholarship at this level,” Johns said.

The Terriers picked up two NCAA FCS playoffs wins this season before losing to the Youngstown State Penguins in the semifinals.

“Wofford is just a great school in a great town, it has a community feel and they really made it feel like home when I was there,” Wild said. “I can’t be more happier or excited to get to the place that I will call home the next four years.”

In his senior campaign at outside linebacker, Wild led a Rockets defense that allowed just 13.6 points per game this season and he was named the Region 4A Defensive MVP for the second consecutive year.

Wild was also named the Rockets MVP and recorded 27 tackles and seven sacks on defense.

The Terriers recruited Wild to play offense, essentially as a tight end, a position he excelled at in Chapel Hill, catching 20 balls for 446 yards and seven TD and he also returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in his career as a Rocket.

“Tight end and H-Back is my preference.” Wild said. “I have always played both ways, but I like being a play maker on the offensive side of the ball and I like having the ball in my hands. If it happens to change when I get up there, I will do whatever I am asked to do.”

Wild also rushed the ball 104 times for 645 yards and scored six touchdowns in his senior year and accumulated 1,625 rushing yards and scored 15 touchdowns in his career.

“I think they will start with him on offense at tight end or H-back, his best skill set is his hands,” Johns said. “He can definitely catch the ball and he is pretty good once he gets it in his hands making plays.”

Wild was a semifinalist for the 2016 Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Class 2A Lineman of the Year and was named to the TSWA All-State defensive team for the second season in a row.

“He has always been the most physical guy we have had on both sides of the ball,” Johns said. “That side of the ball on defense that he shut down at outside linebacker will be really hard to replace the next couple of years.”

The 6’3, 225-pound Wild runs a 4.68 second 40-yard dash time, but more impressively is his 3.9 GPA at Forrest.

“He has had a great career here at Forrest, both on the field and off the field,” Johns said. “He has a 3.9 GPA which fits in well at Wofford and in the end, the most important thing is getting that degree.”

Wild intends to major in business management and minor in sports management.