Tampa Plant athlete James Wilder Jr. is one of the most coveted prospects in the state of Florida and he’s got pretty much every top program in the country after him. He’s a guy who can line up at running back or linebacker and be just as valuable at either spot. As a junior, Wilder had 1,004 yards yards rushing and 15 touchdowns. At linebacker he totaled 136 tackles and 19 sacks. So, he can pretty much do it all on the field.
Wilder has told multiple media outlets that he prefers playing running back in college and that schools that are mainly interested in putting him on offense have the early advantage. Schools that originally offered him as a running back include Miami, Alabama and Florida State. Florida originally offered him as a linebacker, but after Wilder spoke with UF coach Urban Meyer about his desire to play running back, the Gators offered him as a running back.
Regardless of where he wants to play on the field in college, Wilder’s recruitment will be one of the most publicized this year. Here is a video interview with Wilder from the St. Petersburg Times: Wilder talks recruiting