James Wilder Jr., blue-chip spawn of the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers workhorse and owner of what must be the most impressive highlight reel in the entire 2011 recruiting class, politely requested the attention of recruitniks Wednesday for a humble announcement regarding the future destination of his coveted versatility and harem of toga-clad, grape-feeding groupies: He's going to Florida State. Seminole fans are granted permission to flip way the heck out, for a period not to exceed 60 seconds. (We are still talking about a high school senior here.)
Georgia fans may be flipping out, too, though for a different reason after reports Tuesday that Wilder, Rivals' No. 3 overall prospect nationally and No. 1 running back, was planning to commit to the Bulldogs – an upset in itself, given the longstanding assumption that he'd be taking his 6-foot-2, 220-pound frame to Florida. Wilder should brace himself for Bulldog and Gator fans' vitriolic Facebook messages instead, unless/until he decommits from FSU in favor of one or both of the SEC schools at any point between now and signing day in February, in which case they plan to immediately absolve him of all sins while 'Nole fans start chucking the digital spears.
[Rankings: The preseason top 25]
Top-ranked safety Karlos Williams committed back in February. Wilder could be considered the top linebacker or the top running back in next year's incoming class, though he reportedly wants to keep the ball in his hands; he projects as a punishing, destructive force of nature either way. Without a doubt, a coup for Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher.
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