Ten at 10: 5-star prospect from Florida plans to visit Georgia

THE TEN AT 10:

1. Five-star prospect James Wilder Jr. of Tampa apparently intends to take a serious look at Georgia, according to a Rivals.com report. The running back/linebacker from perennial power Plant High has the Bulldogs in his top five and plans to visit Athens the weekend of the G-Day Game. Said Wilder: “We have a very good connection, I love that school. I have been talking to [current Bulldogs and Plant grads] Orson Charles and Aaron Murray. . . . They talk to me not just to go there, but [say] it is an awesome place. Me and Coach are going to go to the spring game. I like them a lot and the coaches down there. They like me at running back and that is where I want to play at the next level. We are going to get up there and do more talking and they are going to show me around the facilities and how the campus life is.” Wilder listed his other four favorites as Alabama, Florida, Florida State and Miami. He’s also looking at Notre Dame and Southern Cal. He has been considered a Florida lean.

2. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Wilder supposedly is still growing and could play running back, linebacker or defensive end in college. The Orlando Sentinel’s Bill Buchalter actually named him the top defensive end in Florida. Colleges are leaving what position he’ll play to Wilder, who says he prefers running back. Because of his versatility Wilder is an early favorite to be tabbed the No. 1 prospect in the country for 2011. “I haven’t seen everybody yet, but Wilder is going to be tough to beat, because he’s so good on offense and defense,” CBS College Sports recruiting analyst Tom Lemming told the South Bend Tribune.

3. Another Tampa product, linebacker Keith Lewis, was offered this week by Georgia Tech, according to GoJackets.com. It was the 10th offer for the 6-foot-2, 205-pound athlete. His others include Colorado, Ole Miss, Nebraska, North Carolina, Duke and Wake Forest.

4. Brandon Shell of Goose Creek, S.C., one of Georgia’s priorities as an offensive line prospect, plans to make UGA one of his stops on a recruiting tour during his spring break, according to The State’s Phil Kornblut. His other stops will be Clemson, South Carolina and Alabama. Shell is the nephew of former NFL executive and former player and coach Art Shell. . . . After center David Andrews, who has already committed to the Bulldogs, Georgia’s top O-line targets are Shell, Watts Dantzler of Dalton, Xzavier Ward of Moultrie and Antonio Richardson of Nashville.

5. David Hale of the Macon Telegraph has a good Q&A with Georgia wide receiver signee Michael Bennett on his Bulldogs Blog. Bennett ended up being the Dogs’ only wide receiver signee after Da’Rick Rogers left them at the altar the day before signing day. Bennett had some interesting comments about that (and other things). “I believe Georgia wants players who really want to be Bulldogs, who honestly want to be Georgia all the way, and if there’s any doubt in your mind, it’d be better if you don’t go to Georgia,” Bennett told Hale. “I feel that’s what Da’Rick was thinking. Seeing him go, it’s a hurt for our team and our recruiting class, but in the end I think it’s going to be the best for us because it might have been hard getting him on track and stuff at UGA.”

6. When I reported some results from last weekend’s National Underclassman Combine this past weekend I failed to mentioned a couple of standouts from Stephenson High. Willie Davis (5-8, 190) was named running back MVP and Tarik Cook (6-2, 296) was named offensive line co-MVP and also “Strongest Man.” Also, Hillgrove defensive back Kadetrix Marcus was tabbed “Combine King” for best overall performance in all the testing. Word is he has transferred to Stephenson.

7. DB Jared Henry (6-0, 184) of Jacksonville plans to visit Georgia during spring practice. He has offers from South Carolina and Maryland.

8. Lest we forget, the national signing period for the Class of 2010 continues and there was some movement on Wednesday. Latwan Anderson, a four-star cornerback from Cleveland, Ohio, spurned West Virginia — to whom he committed on national television during the U.S. Army All-America Game — to sign with Miami. Could it be a precursor to to the Seantrel Henderson situation? Henderson, a 6-8, 300-pound offensive tackle from Minnesota, committed to Southern Cal on national signing day but did not sign pending the outcome of the Trojans’ NCAA investigation. Henderson is considering Miami and Ohio State as a Plan B.

9. Atlanta-Westlake defensive back Ronnie Harris (5-8, 150) has named South Carolina his leader, according to Chad Simmons, South recruiting manager for Scout.com. Harris, who tells Simmons he wants to be a cardiologist, has an interesting array of offers, including Harvard, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss and Tennessee.

10. In case you didn’t catch it earlier today, the “Running Back Formerly Known as Kendrun Malcome” is going to go by his nickname “Boo” when he gets to Georgia. He’s also going to wear the number 24 jersey made famous by Knowshown Moreno. Washaun Ealey did the number proud as a freshman last year but has opted going back to his high school number 3.

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185 comments Add your comment

DawginLex

March 11th, 2010
10:13 am

Gonna be hard to pull Wilder out of the state of Florida. Great bloodlines with his Dad being a former Buc.

bitter vols fan

March 11th, 2010
10:21 am

mo for tennersea, keeping growinum there in geoga please, momo for vols fans to pay to come to weer big orange jerseas. ha ha we get onother

getthepicturenow

March 11th, 2010
10:23 am

DawginLex,- I agree it will be tough to pull him from the gators, but he did seem genuine in his interest in UGA. hopefully coach McClendon can steal him like a theif in the night. also, Michael Bennett is already a DGD!!!

italian_29

March 11th, 2010
10:24 am

Second, and I think there is enough talent in the state for everyone this next year

TuckDAWG

March 11th, 2010
10:26 am

With Orson and Aaron pullin on a former teammate hopefully we will get wilder it would be awesome to have a big fast back like him to go with washaun GATA!!!!

Tailback U

March 11th, 2010
10:29 am

I just hope if he does not ultimately decide to become a Dawg
that he will not string it out till the very last moment.
It’s good being in the mix but losing out on a big time guy
at the last minute really sucks .
I would say we have had our share of that after this past year.
But I suppose realistically with all the choices he has it will
likely be down to the wire and endless speculation.

ReptilesRule

March 11th, 2010
10:31 am

Expect James Wilder Jr to be wearing the Orange & Blue. His father was a beast in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Urban will be making him the highest of priorities and a crown jewel of the 2011 class. Hopefully, he along with James Vaughters will be amongst several other elite recruits who will be the foundation for another top 5 class. Wilder is an incredible athlete who could play a multiple positions and could even grow into a DE. Wherever he ends up position wise, he will be a force.

toph

March 11th, 2010
10:35 am

Wilder is going to be a big running back. Nice work there Chip.

The (half) Truth

March 11th, 2010
10:38 am

James,
When I was having those chest pains I had a vision of you and me at UF. Growing up I had posters of your dad all over my walls. I knew then that I wanted to coach any child that he had. I will let you play both positions in college and you can lead the band too. I have reserved #15 just for you.
Love,
Urban

UGA owns you tasty bees..

March 11th, 2010
10:40 am

What? One measly middle grade prospect for the bees? Its gotta be tough, not being in the discussion for the best players in their own state, As after UGA, AL, FL, and TN do their looting, there seems to be only scraps left for GT. lol God its Great to be a GEORGIA BULLDAWG!
SIC’ EM!!

GatorBite

March 11th, 2010
10:40 am

Good name for Malcome!!! UGA has certainly done a lot of “Boo” hooing after the UF game each year and I am glad to hear the sound will continue for the next five years.

UGA owns you tasty bees..

March 11th, 2010
10:51 am

loser gator fans are like children who repeat the same thing over and over when you are clearly ignoring them during their immature show of interruption and rudeness. Only way to rear em’ . Gators wont be on here after five weeks into the season, when they are tied for third place in the East. Go away loser. (To eradicate any confusion on your part, im talking to you Gatorb*tch.)

ReptilesRule

March 11th, 2010
10:54 am

half truth…Unlike some schools (uh humm), we don’t promise numbers.

Lizard King

March 11th, 2010
10:56 am

Someone call the pysychologists…Patrick has escaped again.

Lizard King

March 11th, 2010
10:58 am

James Wilder + James Vaughters=James Gang=Gators.

Deano

March 11th, 2010
11:02 am

If this Wilder kid is serious about playing running back in college, then I’m sure he will take a good long look at the Dawgs. Florida doesn’t have the best history for featuring running backs under Urban, and the pro-style, play-action offense in Athens may be what it takes to get this kid to come to UGA. The fact that Murray and Charles are already here and will be a huge part of the offense next year can only help.

The Grinch

March 11th, 2010
11:03 am

Lizard King

March 11th, 2010
10:58 am

Or could that be “chain gang”? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

Lizard King

March 11th, 2010
11:09 am

Grinch…don’t quit your night job.

bruce mac

March 11th, 2010
11:10 am

The only boo hooing I have seen on the football field was from one Mr. Tebow. I see where he killed the wonderlic test. I guess he needs to fix more than his throwing motion and arm strenth. Maybe he should have attended class a little more often.

Alphare

March 11th, 2010
11:14 am

Young men, just remember Tech is the best jumping board for your NFL careers. Just look at this year’s potential NFL draftees from Tech, 4 of them will be round 1&2. Can any SEC teams make that claim except maybe Bama or FL?

Tech not only has more pro-athletes than most SEC schools, Tech athletes make a whole lot of money too. Just look at Calvin Johnson, Brooking, Teixeira, Varitek, Garciaparra, Duval, Cink and a tons of others. Can you name any other schools whose athletes make more money in the professional level?

Tech is my hometown team, proud of my hometown because of Tech. I understand some of you live in the metro but proud of other town’s team. That’s OK to me, I won’t say you have low self-esteem or any thing like that. But trashing your hometown team with ignorance is something else.

kydawg

March 11th, 2010
11:14 am

I agree with Michael Bennett…if they don’t want to be a Dawg…GO SOMEWHERE ELSE!!! I grow tired of speculation over teenage decisions this early in the process. If they want to come to UGA…coach ‘em up. The rest can go wherever they want. GO DAWGS…SIC ‘EM!

The Hurt Locker

March 11th, 2010
11:16 am

Hey Reptiles rule…what you gonna do when the Gators lose 4-5 games this year? Its gonna happen..and deep down so do you. Your recruiting class next year will not be nearly as good as you think it will be.This is the year Meyer gets exposed for what he really is…a BS artist, a cryer and a liar. Can’t wait for the beat down in Tuscaloosa to happen in October.Gators are going down this year..take it to the bank.

Lizard King

March 11th, 2010
11:18 am

Tim Tebow=2009 SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year. Wonderlic is a joke. Percy Harvin supposedly bombed on the “Wonderlic”…how’d that work out???

ReptilesRule

March 11th, 2010
11:23 am

Hurt Locker…nice monicker, must be from hanging out in the Dawg locker room after Florida-Georgia game. Which bank should I take your “prediction” to…Washington Mutual??

Typical Gator Fan

March 11th, 2010
11:28 am

A score of 20 of the Wonderlic is not too bad considering all the head trauma Tebow endured as a running quarterback in the vaunted spread offense at Florida. Oh well, he’s of no use to Urban now. Best of luck in the NFL.

bitter larry munson

March 11th, 2010
11:28 am

did you see those gaint thighs, “get her off the runway.!! “o” hershal

Ponce DeLeon

March 11th, 2010
11:28 am

Hurt locker, you are typical of the losers in Athens. Wake up from your 1980 time warp, or are you still dreaming about the zooker?

Typical Gator Fan

March 11th, 2010
11:29 am

Percy Harvin had terrible migranes, err failed multiple drug tests, that’s why his score was so low. Vince Young scored a 6, he’s a great NFL player. What’s the big deal?

Ponce DeLeon

March 11th, 2010
11:29 am

Typical Gay Fan, go back to the plains Patrick.

Bawney Fwank

March 11th, 2010
11:29 am

UGA owns you tasty bees..
Congratulations on the Curdawgs 30 year anniversity of your last (mythical) National Championship!

bruce mac – You must have attended the Curs first losses last year and missed Joe Cox crying on the TV telecast at the end of the game and atleast Tebow did score 3 points higher that Curdawg David Greene’s 19.
Both scored higher than T Martins’s 11 and Heath Shuler’s 16

Typical Gator Fan

March 11th, 2010
11:30 am

Course the low wonderlic score worked out ok for Marino and Favre.

The "Real" Typical Gator Fan

March 11th, 2010
11:37 am

I can take any argument and gloss it a win for the Fightin’ Gators! Just win Baby! Glad Corch Myer used every single ounce of magic out of Tebow before he goes to the Philippines. Being able to read and write has never been confused with athletic achievement. Work ‘em, Silly Gators!!!

ReptilesRule

March 11th, 2010
11:42 am

Marino and Favre should have never been drafted based on their Wonderlic scores. Did they actually play??

Flo-Ri-Duh!

March 11th, 2010
11:42 am

If Wilder wants to be in the NFL then Florida is the wrong place to be……. their offense does not feature the running back and they usually run little scat back maybe 10 times a game. The Wonderlick test showed Tebow to be of average college intelligence and Mike Vick to be a little below the average but as no surprise Jeff George got a score that rated him as being IQ challenged. He got a 10 – lowest ever for a drafted QB.. Matthew Stafford scored the 3rd highest ever for a 1st round choice QB.

UGA Alumn

March 11th, 2010
11:43 am

Alphare: UGA is my home state team. UGA is the first public University in the country and it is my alma mater! UGA has about three times as many active NFL players as tech. Yes I live in Atlanta and as far as I can tell, there are far more UGA fans in this city, based on the amout of UGA/Tech stickers, shirts, hats, license plates etc… I’m sorry your school of choice is the 3rd smallest school in this state but get over it. Your team will always play second fiddle to big brother from Athens. Woof, woof

You Go Girl...

March 11th, 2010
11:46 am

Gatorzip74

March 11th, 2010
11:48 am

Sorry Dawg Fans,
With Stan Drayton (UF RB Coach/Recruiting Coordinator) courting him it’s pretty much a done deal. As usual, get your hopes up and have them dashed.

drunk dawg

March 11th, 2010
11:48 am

reptiles rule…he has 2 friends from Plant already here you retard, put your right leg in your jean shorts and through your Oakleys on

Gatorzip74

March 11th, 2010
11:51 am

Flo-Ri-duh,
Obviously Stafford’s “intellect” hasn’t translated to any significance on the football field.

BigTimeTECHFan

March 11th, 2010
11:52 am

I saw James Wilder Jr play on TV while I was in Florida. Dude is a beast, has NFL size already, but the D he went against was nice, I think it was Southwestern from Bradenton. Very good game.

He should go to Tech – play “B” back, but I think UGA has good chance, Big time backs have not been features of Miami, FSU, Gators recently, his dad will notice that. Actually if Bama gets into the mix I could see him replacing Ingram after his 2 heisman’s, he will go to NFL

DawgBuzz

March 11th, 2010
11:52 am

Yeah, Marino scored like a 13 on it ( wonderlic ). So I wouldn’t say it means a whole lot.

Lizard King

March 11th, 2010
11:53 am

Flo-Ri-Duh…that will change this year. Urban has just been waiting for that feature back to carry the load. Expect to see alot of Emmanuel Moody in 2010.

tears for DA'RICK

March 11th, 2010
11:55 am

I still can’t believe Rogers picked UT over my dawgs…

Tailback U

March 11th, 2010
11:55 am

I have no history of Tebow bashing because there are admirable
aspects about him and his game as a collegian speaks for itself.
But when you finish below the Clausen QB crew on any sort of
intellegence test you have some real isses.
Good luck with that whole NFL QB hope cause you’re going to
need all you can get.

The "Real" Typical Gator Fan

March 11th, 2010
11:56 am

Lizard King, are you talking about the same Moody that is one fumble away from getting back into Coach Meyer’s doghouse?

Tom

March 11th, 2010
11:57 am

You go be Go Gaters wear Blu and Orenge and you be educated like Tebow and Pearcy Harvey. As Corch Miers be brain skillzed.

UGAKev

March 11th, 2010
11:57 am

no doubt our dawgs rule the state including atlanta and always will!
UGA RULES!

ReptilesRule

March 11th, 2010
11:57 am

drunk doggie…Huh??

Southern Cal is the Tailback U

March 11th, 2010
11:57 am

LOL, your school is Spring National Champions U, LOL

Tom

March 11th, 2010
11:57 am

Sorry, that be Corch Irvin Miers.