James Wilder Jr., Nick Waisome to annouce decisions on Aug. 18

Mega prospect James Wilder Jr., who has Tech and UGA among his finalists, will make his decision known on Aug. 18, his coach confirmed Monday. (Photo by Chris Hays/Orlando Sentinel)

Mega prospect James Wilder Jr., who has Tech and UGA among his finalists, will make his decision known on Aug. 18, his coach confirmed Monday. (Photo by Chris Hays/Orlando Sentinel)

I finally ran down Tampa-Plant coach Robert Weiner to verify what I’d been hearing all afternoon on Monday. That is that mega-prospect James Wilder Jr. plans to make public his college football decision on August 18.

The exact time and place has not been determined, according to Weiner. However there are reports that the announcement will be at 5 p.m. at a Tampa TV station and will be broadcast live on one of the ESPN networks. Again, Weiner couldn’t confirm that. He stated via text message, “will solidify tomorrow (Tuesday) with a press release.”

Coincidentally — or not — highly-touted four-star cornerback prospect Nick Waisome of Groveland, Fla., is also supposed to make his announcement on the 18th. In fact, the Orlando Sentinel is reporting that Waisome and Wilder are going to make their announcements together.

“Something like that,” Waisome told the Sentinel Monday. “I just know it’s the 18th in Tampa and that’s all.”

That, of course, has led to rampant speculation that those two are going to end up at the same school. Everybody in Florida is assuming that the duo will end up with the Florida Gators or Florida State, and that’s probably a pretty good assumption. But as was pointed out by the Sentinel, Waisome and Wilder both also have Georgia among their finalists. Alabama has been on both players’ list as well. So it would be foolish to rule out altogether any of those.

Wilder (6-2, 220) is one of the most highly-recruited prospects in the country this year with more than 60 scholarship offers. The two-way star — whose father by the same name was an NFL star — was all-state as a linebacker and defensive end as a junior at Plant last season but intends to play running back in college.

Wilder visited UGA July 15-17 and was supposed to take a tour of Georgia Tech on July 17 but ended up not making it. The latest list of finalists provided by Wilder was Florida, FSU, Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU and Miami, according to TBO.com, the Tampa Tribune’s website.

Wilder’s announcement will come one week after two of his teammates. QB Phillip Ely and OT Tony Posada will make their decisions known this Wednesday in Tampa.

So where do you think Wilder will end up? How about Waisome? Dogs or Jackets have a realistic shot?

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147 comments Add your comment

Flo-Ri-Duh!

August 9th, 2010
11:45 pm

Tech has zero shot and UGA is a distant 2nd to Florida State who will probably get their services. I can’t see Wilder going to Florida. They are a passing offense and his talent would be wasted.

Frank

August 9th, 2010
11:45 pm

Sic Em

August 9th, 2010
11:46 pm

He didnt go to Friday Night Lights several weeks ago, so thats a plus. Anyone know how much time Wilder spent actually on UF’s campus? Its looking like Dawgs and Noles are the two to beat to me.

Look Alive

August 9th, 2010
11:47 pm

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GA+Gator+NC

August 9th, 2010
11:48 pm

He will end up a Gator. Why would he want to drive past Gainesville to drive to the cow pastures in Athens just to get beat every year by the Gators?

Look Alive

August 9th, 2010
11:50 pm

I vote for UGA. Does not mean one or two will go there just hoping they will. I still vote for UGA

Dawg4MR

August 9th, 2010
11:51 pm

Dawg all the way. He wants to win a national championship and MR is the one who can get him there. We all know dem’ gators don’t run the ball.

Sam

August 9th, 2010
11:55 pm

Dawg4MR: Meyer has a better track record of winning national titles than Richt. I pray they come to UGA, but I think it will be very hard to lure them away from FSU and UF. Both are very close to home. Kids tend to stay close to home given the choice.

Look Alive

August 9th, 2010
11:56 pm

Watched a program on one of the nature channels and it seems only a matter of time before the pythons, monitor lizards. wild hogs and rats will be over running gainesville oops the rats are already there. much rather be in a cow town than a jungle full of weird creatures such as gainesville.

Ash

August 10th, 2010
12:05 am

LMAO at Flo-Ri-Duh! and Dawg4MR who think the gators don’t run the ball. They were 10th in the nation in rushing the last two years.

BullDawgRick

August 10th, 2010
12:07 am

Best wishes to both in their decision… Hopefully they’ll don Red & Black next gridiron season

Hunker Down

August 10th, 2010
12:12 am

Stay health and good luck no matter where you choose to play. Go Dawgs!

dawgjammin

August 10th, 2010
12:26 am

Is Wilder from the same highschool as Murray and Charles? Plus, I believe another lineman that recently committed to UGA either in ‘10 or verbal for ‘11. Could it be that UGA has found its on little honey hole down in Tampa?

GrantParkGator

August 10th, 2010
12:45 am

Wilder has been to UF over 10 times in the last two years. He was also present at the lastest beat down in Jackville(UGA) and the Swamp(FSU) so IMO he’s seen the treatment he’ll receive he doesn’t wear O&B. James didn’t play football with Charles or Murray so that won’t be a factor.Nick has always been a Gator just enjoying the “process”.

Red Dog 77

August 10th, 2010
12:59 am

jammin………Does look like the DOGS may well have a “honey hole” @ Plant HS……..call me whatever you want, but I believe my DOGS have a real chance at landing both Wilder and Waisome. Depth chart would look pretty good for both. Now to really go out on a limb, after hearing about Wilder and Crowell’s extended visit to Athens, you may well see both backs in the RED and BLACK come 2011………..excuse me if I misspelled Crowell’s name, after all I’m just a UGA grad…………………..SIC’ ‘EM DOGS !!!!! WOOF ….WOOF……..WOOF !!!!!!!!!!!

DawgFaninTampa

August 10th, 2010
1:11 am

I must unfortunately agree that Wilder will probably stay in state. According to the little rumblings around here he sounds like a Gator lock. The only good news this could have is maybe making Isiah Crowells decision a little easier to stay instate himself. Florida doesnt run the ball. Tebow did, for Gator fans that dont know that you all are dumber than I thought!

Paul in RDU

August 10th, 2010
1:17 am

Which side of the ball does Wilder want to play – O or D? And which HC will accomodate his wishes?

GrantParkGator

August 10th, 2010
1:20 am

UF not running the ball is like saying Neb didn’t have any running game outside of Tommy Frazier…part of the reason why pups have only beat Gators 3 times in 20 years because they don’t watch film also!

GrantParkGator

August 10th, 2010
1:24 am

Wilder didn’t make it back to Athen this past weekend and won’t before his announcement. His father has been in Gainesville since FNL. HELL UGA waste more talent than any program in the SEC so that might make his choice easy. “If you aint a Gator, You must be Gator Bait!”

whatever

August 10th, 2010
2:17 am

I don’t think Wilder is going to UF they are recruiting him to play linebacker and he has already said he wants to play running back. Wilder probably goes to FSU and UGA ends up second for his services.

Dawg in Iraq

August 10th, 2010
3:31 am

I think he winds up a Gator, I hope not, but this follows a pattern of GA being close on some elite players but not being able to close the deal. It’s OK its hard to land a #1 type player in the back yard of a #1 team like UF. I think Crowell is a better running back, anyway, good luck to the yound man, and as always, Go DAWGS!!!

tizzle B

August 10th, 2010
3:40 am

James Wilder will give a verbal to FSU…He wants to play RB, FSU gives him the best shot at playing early. UGA, GA Tech and Miami are tie for second while Florida is last. UGA is too deep with RBs now and they really like Crowell more. GA Tech would be good fit at the B Back(Jonathan Dwyer) but still no! Miami is turning into a more passing attack and also they have a stable of back waiting for a chance. Florida has no chance at his services because the offense they’re running. It’s more tailor-made for a smallish back e.i. Jeff Demps.

NerdCentral@NorthAve

August 10th, 2010
6:14 am

Who cares? Tech will win the ACC (again) and beat UGA (again)! That’s all that matters.

Asylum13

August 10th, 2010
6:24 am

I am afraid you gator fans are going to be disappointed if you think Wilder is coming there. He has already said he wants to be a RB and he wants to play in a pro style offense. He does not like the fact the uf runs the spread. It will be FSU or UGA and right now my money would be on FSU.

RomeDawg

August 10th, 2010
6:59 am

They are headed to FSU.

naganole

August 10th, 2010
7:22 am

RomeDawg is correct.

naganole

August 10th, 2010
7:23 am

BTW, I’m calling it now. Bellamy will be a Gator…

turkey caller

August 10th, 2010
7:24 am

Crowell could be the back Wilder is from the little tidbits of film I’ve seen. Has speed and quickness plus hard to tie up and pin down. Wouldn’t turn around for the difference in them. Flo-Ri-Dah? Are you SQUEALER?

Teck guy

August 10th, 2010
7:32 am

if Wilder is smart he’ll wind up at georgia tech. Paul Johnson is not a hack like the coaches at the other colleges and will help turn him in to a man. Paul Johnson will also turn him in to an engineer because everyone knows that Paul Johnson only recruits smart athletes who want to major in engineering like all the athletes at tech. Paul Johnson will help maximize his skills and THAT’S why Paul Johnson is the best coach in the state of georgia.

turkey caller

August 10th, 2010
7:37 am

Johnson might could teach him to wear a bra son, that would be about the extent of it. GT fans are a pitiful lot. Always have their face in dog droppings.

JB

August 10th, 2010
7:42 am

Wilder will not end up at Tech. He doesn’t want to play at noon on Raycom….He won’t be a Dawg either……Nole rGator..

TampaGator

August 10th, 2010
8:07 am

If they make the announcement together (at the same place) with the intent of going to the same school together, then I would say Georgia is out of the picture because Waisome is either going to Florida or FSU. I have a feeling that both are going to FSU (strong Wilder connection there and Waisome has been torn between the Gators and the Noles). Waisome has made some strong comments about being a Gator fan and loving it in Gainesville, but then says he likes what he sees and hears in Tallahassee as well. Waisome also said he is not afraid of the depth chart issue at CB for the Gators….but it has to be on his mind (and he has less competition at DB at FSU depth chart wise). I think they end up Noles (just my gut based on comments that have been made by the players) but I hope I am wrong and they are going to be Gators. But the Noles are coming on strong with their new coaching staff and are telling recruits they will start at FSU and be bench players at Florida. Sorry…Georgia…..I don’t think it is happening for you with these two….but I could be wrong.

Blewitt

August 10th, 2010
8:08 am

I see he has a tattoo, if he played basketball, and only would stay one year, then Hewitt would go after him.

RR

August 10th, 2010
8:12 am

UGA has no chance. Tech neither. It’s a school in the great state of Florida! My guess is the Gators!

TampaGator

August 10th, 2010
8:15 am

Asylum13…..

Then why did Wilder “choose” to go play at Plant High School….which runs the spread offense? Believe me, Wilder has no concerns about playing RB at Florida in the spread. In fact, he likes the idea because he would be running out of the same offense he ran in HS….and he has done all right so far in it. His biggest concern with the Gators is where he will play….RB or LB. It is no secret that the Gator coaches consider Wilder a better LB/DE prospect than a RB prospect…although he is a very good RB….but will be a great LB or DE in college.

TampaGator

August 10th, 2010
8:17 am

Blewitt…have you had your coffee yet? Wake up man.

I don't get it

August 10th, 2010
8:20 am

Wilder made ALL-State at DE not as a running back. I hear is 40 is 4.6. That is too slow to be a real threat as a running back. If he doesn’t want to come to UGA as a LB then it’s ok by me if he goes somewhere else.

TampaGator

August 10th, 2010
8:21 am

turkey caller…..

When do you graduate from middle school. Your commments reflect a 12 year old without much upbringing. Anyting intelligent or positive to say this morning. Tech is a great school, has a great football tradition, is well coached, has won more NC than your school, and recruits well without the same kind of resources available at your school. And….by the way….the had a better season last year than your school….went to a better bowl game….and are currently ranking higher in the preseason polls than your school. You might want to show them a little respect. They have earned it.

dawgster

August 10th, 2010
8:22 am

TampaGator, never really thought that Wilder would be a dawg, as a matter of fact i’m somewhat surprised that we got that much attention from here..Yes seems to have all it takes to be a great player, although i don’t think RB is his best fit, the dawgs should continue to concentrate their efforts on Crowell for now, but that also will be a tough task between the dawgs and bama…If we don’t get Wilder, it won’t be a major letdown as i thought all along he would stay in state, however if we lose Crowell, then the critics will come out of the woodworks and say how the coaching staff can’t keep the top talent in state…Don’t agree with that at all as our committment list so far is very,very good, but it will be seen as a disappointment if we don’t sign Crowell in many peoples eyes….

DynamicBigBoy

August 10th, 2010
8:24 am

Why would you put that the bumblebees are one of his finalists when you know he is not? Is recruiting over at the high school field so bad you have to lie about it? He mentioned the bumblebees one time, skipped his trip to Tech yet somehow you figure he still is interested. Go back to the food section where you have some credibility.

Davey Boy Smith

August 10th, 2010
8:25 am

Who cares where Wilder goes, he will be suspended in college a few times…can you say Brian Cushing?

john

August 10th, 2010
8:25 am

No ha school will be getting these kids. Gt is stacked at a and b back.

john

August 10th, 2010
8:25 am

TampaGator

August 10th, 2010
8:27 am

I don’t get it…

Wilder is not a break away running back. What he is….he has exceptional quickness and burst through the hole, great lateral movement, wonderful instincts, and is as powerful as a horse. Emmitt Smith ran a 4.6 in college and in the NFL. He turned out to be a fairly good RB….recent HALL OF FAME inductee as a RB. So I would not put too much stock in the 4.6 thing. Wilder….if he plays RB in college….will be a force for other teams to deal with. I do agree, however, that he will be a greater force at LB in college…and eventually a greater force in the NFL as a LB. But that choice is up to him….but he will be difficult to deal with at any position he chooses to play in college.

TampaGator

August 10th, 2010
8:29 am

Davey Boy…

You are way off with your post about Wilder. Not true at all.

Richham

August 10th, 2010
8:32 am

We already know that Wilder has marked off the gators. Yes, not everyone wants to play at Florida. Gators Insiders and close friends have said as much several weeks ago. This is an easy call as both have Florida St. at the top of their lists.

Richham

August 10th, 2010
8:37 am

I don’t even give Georgia a shot because Rome and Crowell are headed to Athens. It will be interesting to see how those two tandems numbers match up in the coming years.

dawgster

August 10th, 2010
8:38 am

Davey Boy Smith…not sure what your post is about but to make a comment about a young man, you know nothing about makes no sense…Why would you go there with the comment about Wilder…Lets stick to some decent comments about these young men…

TampaGator

August 10th, 2010
8:39 am

Any Georgia fan saying Florida doesn’t run the ball other than Tebow….you better check the stats. Florida’s combined TBs finished high in total yards in the SEC….I believe second to Alabama’s TB’s…but not exactly sure. And wait till you see this year with the combination of Demps, Moody, Gillislee, and Brown….and Rainey will get into the mix Harvin style as well. Moody is a power back. Gillislee is a combination of speed and power, Demps is the fastest player in college football, and Brown is already looking very good in pactices so far. Florida runs the ball from the TB position…and they do it well…and they will do it even better this year.

JB

August 10th, 2010
8:41 am

I’m 57….. I played HS ball in 69,70,71………….I never saw ANY player, from any school, built like this guy…..He looks like a NFL player now ! Boy, times have changed…..High School football is a business I guess.