College Football: Florida State Seminoles, James Wilder Make Sense
With Plant five-star athlete James Wilder's decision nearing, Florida State, Florida, and Georgia fans are all hoping to land the physical specimen from Florida's west coast.
Wilder will make his decision tomorrow at 5 p.m.
Listed as an "athlete" by Rivals.com, Wilder has incredible size which gives him the ability to play on both sides of the ball.
While many feel his future would be brighter at the linebacker position, Wilder has made it known that he wants to play running back at the next level. With his decision to play running back, Wilder has narrowed down his list to a top three: Florida State, Florida, and Georgia.
However, most feel it is now a two-school race between the Seminoles and the Gators, although the Bulldogs can't be counted out just yet.
If Wilder wants to be a successful running back, he should choose to play in Tallahassee.
Here are three reasons why.
1. Jimbo Fisher's Offense
While Jimbo Fisher has just recently taken over the reigns as Seminoles head coach, he has been their offensive coordinator for the past several seasons.
And his offense has been pretty successful, improving each year.
Fisher's offense is a perfect fit for Wilder as it is a much more balanced offense compared to Florida's. Florida runs the spread offense, which tends to stray away from the traditional running game.
However, it is believed the Gators are slowly transforming back to a more balanced offense now that Tim Tebow has moved on.
The question is, how much is Urban Meyer willing to change a system that has been so successful for his program the past few years?
By going to Florida State, Wilder knows he would be playing in a offense that likes to run the football and run it consistently.
2. Eddie Gran
Florida State running backs and special teams coach Eddie Gran could very well seal the deal in bringing the talented Wilder to Florida's state capital.
Gran was one of the biggest acquisitions for Fisher this past offseason, as Gran left Tennessee to join the new Florida State coaching staff.
Gran is famous for being one of the elite running backs coaching in college football, as he has turned many of his backs into premier NFL players (including a few stars).
A few of Gran's products include Ronnie Brown, Deuce McAllister, and Brandon Jacobs.
If Wilder wants to be a successful running back and continue on in the NFL, he couldn't go wrong in choosing Eddie Gran as his mentor.
3. Lawrence Dawsey
While Lawrence Dawsey is actually Florida State's wide receivers coach, he actually has a strong pull on Wilder as well.
The Wilder and Dawsey family have a long standing relationship, as Wilder says he has known Dawsey as long as he can remember and knows he can trust him.
This is huge for Florida State, as any close relationship like this always helps when it comes to recruiting.
Star recruits appreciate having someone they know they can trust like Wilder does Dawsey.
So, where will Wilder decide to play his college career? Nobody but Wilder knows until tomorrow afternoon.
But if playing running back is his biggest desire, he should choose Florida State.
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