Athlete James Wilder was a recruit whom the Gators had been after practically since Urban Meyer arrived in Gainesville. No five-star athlete in Florida's backyard goes unnoticed, and the Gators were one of the first, if not the first, to offer him verbally.
Their presumed lead with him took a major hit as soon as he announced that he preferred to play running back over outside linebacker (a position for which he debuted as a five-star on Scout's first 2011 rankings).
From the outside, it appeared that the Gators hemmed and hawed about offering him as a running back. When he actually seemed to be heading elsewhere, they changed their mind, and Urban Meyer personally reoffered him as an RB.
Something seemed to stick in his mind, however. He didn't pull the trigger after Florida reoffered, choosing to wait until fall to see where he fit in Florida's revamped offense. Despite a visit to Gainesville in June that seemed to put Florida back in the driver's seat, this past weekend, Wilder skipped out on Florida's Friday Night Lights event on an extended stay at Florida State. He came away, according to buzz, with the Seminoles leading.
I personally think he could be successful in any offense, but I can see how Florida State's pro-, up-the-gut playbook could appeal to his running style better than Florida's sideline-to-sideline option attack. With no inside info of my own, I've no reason to really doubt the buzz that he'll wind up a Seminole.