On Wednesday afternoon of this week, five-star athlete James Wilder Jr. picked Florida State over in-state rival and nemesis Florida and Georgia. The pick came as a surprise to most, especially when news broke late Tuesday night of Wilder's plans to commit to Georgia.
What does this mean for Florida State? It means that the tides in the recruiting wars are beginning to turn. With Wilder's commitment, this could possibly lead to even more top-notch talent, especially in the sunshine state.
Although Wilder does not know yet for sure whether he will play offense or defense in college, his skills are defined with one word: freakish. Wilder stands at 6'2'' weighing 219 pounds. He is a force to be reckoned with, and his physical stature is comparable to that of Jeff Luc, a Florida State commitment this past year.
The prediction is that Wilder will be playing offense once he arrives on campus next fall. The Florida State offense will be looking for a new face and will still be trying to instill a fresh running attack. Who better to lead this charge than Wilder? He's a downhill type runner that prefers to lower his shoulder rather than to spin or juke around defenders. He has a motor that refuses to quit and has star potential written all over him for the next level.
Last season as a junior, Wilder racked up 1,004 yards on the ground with 15 touchdowns, but on defense he had a staggering 136 tackles, 42 for loss, and 19 sacks all while helping his team win the Class 5A state championship.
His commitment to Florida State may have surprised most, but Tallahassee is where he will call home and Florida State fans couldn't be happier.