‘Fake James Wilder Jr.’ commits to Florida, real one coming to Georgia

Sorry, but no time for a Ten at 10 this morning. I am nursing an injured knee. I won’t go into detail other than to say guys my age probably shouldn’t jump on trampolines, despite the pleas of my 3-year-old and the other neighborhood kids. But here’s a few nuggets to feast on while I head off to see the doctor. Meanwhile, if you don’t mind, pray for “sprain” and not “tear.”

  • James Wilder Jr. still has not committed to anybody. But “Fake James Wilder” has committed to Florida. That was the news that broke on Twitter last night. Around 8 p.m. Wednesday veteran recruiting reporter JC Shurburtt of the new recruiting upstart 247Sports.com tweeted, “Got an email from James Wilder saying he had committed to Florida.” To Shurburtt’s credit, he came back shortly thereafter with a cautionary tweet: “I will caution you I am trying to confirm the James Wilder email. This very well could be a hoax.” Next came this: “Reliable sources say the email is false.” So there you have it. Turns out it was a fake email address for Wilder, jwild35@yahoo.com, and an impostor claiming he had committed to Florida coaches yesterday. There may also have been an accompanying fake Facebook page. In any case, Wilder has yet to commit anywhere.
  • I talked to the real JC Shurburtt Thursday morning to get his take on the whole deal. “It was the strangest thing,” said Shurbutt, whom I have known for a while. “Honestly, I should have known better than to send out a tweet. I’ve both under-estimated and over-estimated the power of Twitter. Two or three people re-tweeted it very quickly and all of the sudden it went viral. I should have known better, but it was funny and telling.”
  • Meanwhile, the real James Wilder Jr. is due to arrive in Athens today to tour the University of Georgia. The Tampa running back — considered the top prospect in America by ESPN — has scheduled an unofficial visit with the Bulldogs and may also attend “Dawg Night” Friday night, Georgia’s annual late-summer, elite-prospect camp. At some point Wilder is also supposed to get over to Georgia Tech to meet with coaches and check out the campus. Wilder has Tech and Georgia in his final five along with Alabama, Florida and Florida State. The state schools are generally thought to be longshots for Wilder. Most believe the Gators lead for the Real Wilder as well.
  • Lawyers for Tennessee freshman Da’Rick Rogers deny that the five-star wide receiver from Calhoun assaulted anyone during the July 9 bar brawl that resulted in his arrest last week. “Da’Rick adamantly denies any claims by the alleged victim that he assaulted him or any one else that evening,” read a statement released to media by Bosch law firm Wednesday. “He did not, in any way, assault anyone at anytime that evening or in the early morning. Da’Rick will address the allegations in his misdemeanor warrants at the appropriate time and looks forward to demonstrating his innocence as it relates to those charges. He has done nothing wrong and the public and media accounts about his behavior have in large part, been inaccurate.”
  • Well, one person claims to have been the victim of an assault by Rogers. But he has declined to pursue charges. Wrote officer Brandon Shelly in a recently-released Knoxville police report: “Upon arrival I was able to locate the victim, Ian Cox, who had been attempting to detain the suspect, Da’Rick Rogers, for another assault that had taken place on the sidewalk. Cox stated Rogers pushed him [as he] attempted to stop Rogers from leaving.  Cox had no injuries and was adamant about not prosecuting. . . . Rogers stated that he had been pepper sprayed in the bar from another altercation and could not see who was trying to ‘get him’. While trying to detain Rogers, officers briefly struggled with him but was later taken into custody without further incident.” Still no word from coach Derek Dooley on any internal discipline for Rogers. Here’s the latest update from GoVolsXtra.com, the Knoxville News-Sentinel’s website.

164 comments Add your comment

BuddyColtrane

July 15th, 2010
10:06 am

BigTimeTechFan

July 15th, 2010
10:07 am

1st, ood luck with the knee

BuddyColtrane

July 15th, 2010
10:08 am

24/7sports.com?? I might have to check that one out. It’s always good to hear another recruiting viewpoint. Anything new on Quan Bray?

BigTimeTechFan

July 15th, 2010
10:08 am

2nd, man
UA just lost a RB, that may help them in getting Wilder JR

BigTimeTechFan

July 15th, 2010
10:09 am

sorry, “G” on keyboard not working well

BuddyColtrane

July 15th, 2010
10:10 am

@BigTimeTechFan, I thought that the Tide were leading for Brown out of TX? And the Dawgs just lost a back, I didn’t hear that about Bama. Good luck with Vad Lee BTW.

theTruth

July 15th, 2010
10:10 am

Report is he also took a swing at the bouncer as well. But go ahead and ask any UT fan, none of the players did anything wrong. It is just the KPD out to get them or some have even said it was Ed O’s fault.

Accountablility for all of these athletes have went by the way side. That includes DJax and Lemay. Man up and take your punishment like a man. Bad decisions have consequences. Learn from the mistakes and use them to make you a better person as we all should strive for, to be better.

Bruce Vol

July 15th, 2010
10:15 am

Dooley kicked Myles off the team and suspended 2 others
who appear to be involved. Good for Dooley….we’ll let
the KPD do their jobs and move forward.

theTruth

July 15th, 2010
10:16 am

Coltrane, I thought Texas lead for Brown with Bama second? I think Bama is in it for Crowell, Brown, and Wilder but I think Wilder doesn’t leave the state (UF, FSU). They have had Crowell on a visit with Brown there so that might be showing both of them how they utilize Richardson/Ingram.

wiley

July 15th, 2010
10:20 am

Man Wilder would be a great B Back in the Triple Option…he is a train that takes 4 or 5 kids to stop. I’m just glad to see Tech in the running for several 5 star prospects. If Johnson keeps winning we will begin to land some of these kids. Can’t blame the kid if he chides UF…they win championships and put people in the league. Good luck with your decision Mr Wilder…I wonder how seriously he is considering UGA? They seem to be just waiting on Crowell.

theTruth

July 15th, 2010
10:20 am

Bruce, yet, the one who assaulted the off duty cop is still on the team, go figure. Most witnesses have stated “6 or 7 beat up the white guy” but nobody is saying who beat up the cop. Myles assaulted a different cop while he was being arrested. I do agree this is Dooley’s chance to make a big statement and I agree he should take his time and not kick off everyone that was involved. But, once he does have the entire truth of the matter, whoever did the assaults should be gone.

MattDawg

July 15th, 2010
10:20 am

If we could get Wilder that would be huge. I dont know about Wilder playing RB. He seems better suited for LB.

wiley

July 15th, 2010
10:21 am

Seriously t9…should be choses…at least pick a real word.

66DAWGnNC

July 15th, 2010
10:22 am

Valid point BigTimeTechFan and thanks for staying on point. The RB that is transferring was projected 4th string, so I don’t think that will be a major factor in Wilder’s decision. In Wilder’s Freshman year, C. King will be a Senior and W. Ealey will be a Junior. Both will be gone after the 2011 season. If Wilder is “All That” as they say, then he will play as a true Freshman albeit sparingly. Yet, I think the main factor that will get him to Athens is Orson Charles and Aaron Murray, two former HS team mates. From everything I have read and heard, I hope we get him but I do feel he will sign with UF.

Dawgtards ruin this state

July 15th, 2010
10:28 am

2010 thUGA media guides to edit out Damon Evans. Kind of like a blackout drunk night, pretend it didn’t happen. We will be here to remind you of your continued embarassment. The 2010 guide will be wrapped in red panties.

(6-5)..(6-4)..(25-6)..Still own you

July 15th, 2010
10:28 am

Look wilder is gonna be a gator……the inside info i was shown has fla #1 Gt #2 ala#3 uga#4 fsu#5

Worm

July 15th, 2010
10:30 am

24/7 sports is great!

DawgPanther

July 15th, 2010
10:33 am

I hope we get Wilder – same h.s. as Murray and Charles (and me).. I hope they hook JWJR on the ACT like they did for OC. Plant takes care of Plant! Go Dawgs, Go PHS!

BuddyColtrane

July 15th, 2010
10:33 am

@theTruth, I have heard that it was the reverse with Brown. Then again, everything ‘Bama does is getting the “LeMay” treatment (hint) at ESPN. And it is coming from a Bama -affiliated site under the ESPN recruiting umbrella. This same site basically quoted Ray Drew and made it seem as if UGA was COMPLETELY off the list. As hard as he’s being recruited, I can’t say that the Dawgs are leading since I don’t know what he’s thinking, but I doubt that he’s dropped the Dawgs this early.

Halberstram

July 15th, 2010
10:35 am

Wilder is not a longshot for UGA, he’s seriously considering the Dawgs. I’m not saying he will end up in Athens, but to call him a longshot is inaccurate.

UGA runs the type of offense he is interested in as rb, which is his desired position. Plus he is close with Orson Charles, who talks up UGA any chance he can get.

dagnabit

July 15th, 2010
10:38 am

Chip. Keep us informed about your injury.

#2 Bama Fan

July 15th, 2010
10:38 am

Wilder will commit to the gators and Brown will play for the longhorns and Crowell maybe play for the
crimson tide or dawgs!! RTR

GTJoe

July 15th, 2010
10:41 am

Attorneys are quoted as saying “their clients did nothing wrong”……

Ummmmm….what about being in a bar at 1 AM when you are underage??

Fillin' up @ Juniors

July 15th, 2010
10:43 am

a 5 star at Tech would be very cool. Go to a traditional powerhouse and you’re one of a few every year, go to an up-and-comer and you will be the first in a long time… We get them in basketball for all of one year…and we get them in baseball until they are drafted high enough to make a few mil…but none in football..

reservoirDAWG

July 15th, 2010
10:46 am

There you go, GTJoe.

King Gator

July 15th, 2010
10:47 am

UGA can have the “Fake James Wilder”, we’ll take the real one. Go Gators!

dawgster

July 15th, 2010
10:49 am

#2 Bamafan…Have to say i agree with you regarding the above mentioned running backs…alot of things could change that pecking order but to go out on a limb i believe you got it right…

FBR

July 15th, 2010
10:49 am

Why would ANY big time running back want to play at georgia tech, when you have all of these big time schools around it?

Tim Tebow's Tears

July 15th, 2010
10:50 am

I enjoy getting recruiting info but please be neutral Chip. Your bias for UGA is blatant and silly. I enjoy many of the writers for the AJC but I must say your columns are lazy, sloppy and narrow minded. You don’t write on the UGA blog anymore. You cover the entire SOUTHEAST recruiting effort. There are many transplants in the ATL area that may enjoy news about their teams other than what Christain LeMay had for dinner last night.

Thanks

Spike

July 15th, 2010
10:52 am

Wake me when the season starts.

jasont13

July 15th, 2010
10:55 am

How much HUSH MONEY did Daddy Nance and others give for the person who was beat up to not press charges??? Same as last year with the armed robbery.

CONFEDERATE DAWG

July 15th, 2010
10:58 am

KING GAYTOR THAT WAS PRETTY WITTY

Long Gator

July 15th, 2010
11:01 am

Wilder will not go the annual “loser” of the UGA vs UF game.

He is a winner and will stay on course.

Go Gators !!!!!

Give it a rest

July 15th, 2010
11:09 am

Hush money from Daddy Nance? C’mon man. Your little conspiracy theory is as silly as thinking the chihuahuas will ever amount to anything. And by the way GTJoe, the bars in Knoxville are not strictly bars. They are restaurants that serve alcohol. There is no age requirement to walk into a restaurant. Try and get out of Atlanta once in a while. This board is full of some of the biggest idiots….

1eyedJack

July 15th, 2010
11:09 am

What DID Christain LeMay have for dinner last night? I must have missed that in the article. I’d guess fried chicken or pork chops or maybe pizza.

NRBQ

July 15th, 2010
11:14 am

Hoping for the best with regards to your knee, Chip.

boots

July 15th, 2010
11:15 am

This Da’Rick thing is a joke. Anyone on this board knows that if he were not a five-star recruit playing for the Vols in Knoxville, he would be in prison facing serious felony charges. He beat a policeman so badly he had to be taken to the hospital and had lost consciousness. Come on. Now they won’t press charges? Are you kidding me? If he had done this in any other place in America, he would be swapping soap with some guys in the shower right now. This is a huge joke.

Glory Glory

July 15th, 2010
11:18 am

Silly Techie Nerds

This kid has NFL potential, therefore ruling out your Mickey Mouse offense. Exhibit A: That Dwyer guy

He is only going to make an appearance at Tech bc he is close by, and craves star treatment like every recruit out there these days.

UGA is losing Jackson, who was known to be #2 inwairing when Caleb King GRADUATES this next year, opening up the chance to an apprenticeship behind Ealey for a season, 2 at most, and then be THE RB at UGA

Talk about “ACC” champions all you want, but just remember that there is a skinniest kid at every fat camp.

THWGT
30-24
8-1
60-39-5
We. Run. This. State.

Voltime

July 15th, 2010
11:19 am

Those of you criticizing the KPD don’t know what you are talking about. Da’Rick was not doing anything other than having dinner at the Knoxville Bar (they do serve food there), and it was the non-football players who started the fight. From what I am told, another guy picked a fight with several of the football players and then it was him who attacked the policeman. Da’Rick is innocent and should never have been arrested. Dooley is doing a good job keeping the team together and not letting this kind of silly thing distract the team.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

July 15th, 2010
11:20 am

such BS on Rogers- what a cover-up!!! now all of a sudden he’s innocent??? If Dooley wants to save face, he needs to issue some punishment for him.

RaleighDawg

July 15th, 2010
11:20 am

Does anyone other than me think that if a 19 year old needs attorneys, then perhaps something is amiss ?

boots

July 15th, 2010
11:21 am

Chip, forgot to say good luck with your knee. When it is better, you can kick Tim Tebow’s Tears in the butt.

Glory Glory

July 15th, 2010
11:24 am

voltime….

“dinner” at 1am…… Hmmmmm

sounds like you have a valid, denial based argument.

Idiot.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

July 15th, 2010
11:24 am

exactly raleighdawg- this kid comes from no $$, except his BFF whose daddy is loaded.

1eyedJack

July 15th, 2010
11:25 am

When it is all said and done Daddy Nance would have probably come out cheaper if he had just paid his son’s tuition.

Chomp2wice

July 15th, 2010
11:29 am

If you watch the 5A State Title game, Tampa runs some spread and traditional I-wing offenses, kinda what the Gators are doing now. I saw James Wilder Jr take handoffs similar to a Gator play. I feel Wilder will pledge to UF. If Bama, UGA, GT and others ran both offenses, I feel their likelihood of landing Wilder would be higher…but they don’t. It is either triple option or traditional.
If he pledges to UF…The Gators are about to get “Wilder”.

Seachange

July 15th, 2010
11:33 am

Has thUGA status been checked out??

ryan

July 15th, 2010
11:41 am

Enough with the red panties jokes its getting old and as for Da Thug Rogers i think Nash Nancy Pancy father had some shenanigans with Rogers getting off easey.

Female Dawg Name

July 15th, 2010
11:45 am

I light of all the recent athlete arrest, I suggest we seek out tamer players instead of wilder.

Vick=Dog killing Thug

July 15th, 2010
11:50 am

Good luck with the knee Chip !

Boots, if you have credible evidence that Da’Rick was the one that beat the officer then please contact the Knoxville police department. I’m sure they would love to hear from you.

Didn’t think so….