Ten@10: James Wilder eliminates Tech, Bama; down to FSU, UF, UGA

THE TEN AT (11):

James Wilder Jr. will choose between Florida, Florida State and Georgia next Wednesday. (Photo by Tim Casey/GatorCountry.com)

James Wilder Jr. will choose between Florida, Florida State and Georgia next Wednesday. (Photo by Tim Casey/GatorCountry.com)

1. James Wilder Jr. has eliminated Georgia Tech and Alabama from consideration and is down to Florida, Florida State and Georgia as his finalists, according to a report this morning in the St. Petersburg Times. The five-star prospect from Tampa’s Plant High let reporters know that on Wednesday while attending the announcement news conference of two of his teammates, quarterback Philip Ely and offensive lineman Tony Posada. Wilder, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound two-way player who intends to play running back in college, said he still hasn’t made up his mind.

“I’ve slept on it a lot,” Wilder said. “Today I’ll have FSU in the lead, tomorrow I’ll have UF and in three days I’ll have Georgia. I just have to make sure I think a lot about it. I’ve still got a lot of thinking to do in the last seven days.”

Wilder plans to make his decision known next Wednesday in Tampa. Details of the time and place for that announcement have not been finalized but he said he’s favoring doing it at Plant High. Meanwhile, Wilder said he’d like to make one more visit to each school before making his decision.

“It’s going to be about comfortability,” he said. “That’s going to be the main thing. The football part is going to take care of itself. I think if you’re a good football player no matter where you are you’re going to do your thing regardless. It where I’m most comfortable, because that’s where I’m going to be living, that’s where I’m going to be tutoring, that’s where I’m going to be playing. That’s where I’m going to be doing my schooling, that’s where I’m going to be sleeping at night, eating for the next four year.”

2. If you follow me on Twitter you already know that Plant coach Robert Weiner nixed all that talk about Wilder making his announcement in tandem with Nick Waisome. In the end, Waisome, a four-star cornerback from Groveland, Fla., is going to make his announcement in Orlando and Wilder in Tampa. It just so happens it’ll be on the same day.

3. In the meantime, we now know where Wilder’s teammates are going to play college ball. Ely, a four-star prospect committed to Alabama. Posada, a three-star right tackle, committed to Michigan in a joint press conference Wednesday in Tampa. Ely’s choice of the Crimson Tide over long-time suitors Clemson, LSU, Purdue and Wake Forest was a bit of a shocker considering the defending national champions offered him only three weeks ago. Ely becomes the third consecutive Plant quarterback to land a major college scholarship and the third in a row to go out of state, joining Aaron Murray (Georgia) and Robert Marve (Purdue).

4. Georgia Tech is still in the hunt for another five-star prospect. The Yellow Jackets made the cut to the final 10 for cornerback Doran Grant of Akron, Ohio. Indications are that he’ll stay in Big Ten country, however, at least according to this report by Sam Webb in the Detroit News.

5. The Nashville Tennessean wrote an interesting piece breaking down the demographical problems of football recruiting in the state of Tennessee. Maurice Patton reports that while Tennessee is third in population among the nine states with SEC schools, it is sixth in the number of players on SEC rosters this fall and the numbers dwindle even further when it comes to what could be considered “elite prospects.”

6. Bainbridge High kicker/punter Keenan Adams committed to Colorado State on Monday. Adams was an all-state punter and all-region place-kicker in 2009. He holds the school record for longest field goal (52 yards) and averaged 39.9 yards on 28 punts while allowing a total of only 26 yards for the entire 2009 season.

gsU-ESPN cover7. Some great national pub for Georgia State, which landed the cover story in the latest edition of ESPN The Magazine. It features a baby boy on the cover — wearing GSU eye black no less — under the headline “A Program is Born.” The magazine has been writing a continuing series about the Panthers’ foray into football.

8. Right now quarterback Christian LeMay doesn’t even have a team to play for. But that didn’t stop NCPreps.com from naming him the 2010 Preseason 4A Player of the Year. The UGA commitment is currently appealing a 30-day suspension from Butler High by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools for an undisclosed violaton of the system’s code of conduct. Depending on the outcome of the appeal, LeMay is considering transferring to a private school in Charlotte. Meanwhile, Butler High principal Theresa Hopkins was recently dismissed by the school board.

9. A couple of 2012 prosects to keep an eye on are twins Daron and Zack Blaylock of Marietta. The Walton High athletes are the sons of former Atlanta Hawks player Mookie Blaylock. And while they have yet to land any major college offers, they are being recruited hard by Clemson and Florida. Last month they attended the Gators’ “Friday Night Lights camp.” Daron is 6-feet, 205-pounds and plays running back and cornerback. Zack is 6-feet, 183-pounds and plays wide receiver and safety.

10. THIS & THAT: UGA commitment Sterling Bailey, a 6-5, 260-pound OLB/DE from Gainesville’s East Hall High, was elevated to four-star status by Scout.com this week. . . . Chase Hounsel, a 6-6, 250-pound offensive tackle from Mentor, Ohio, committed to Florida on Wednesday. He’s 13th pledge of the Gators’ 2011 class.  . . . DE Jadeveon Clowney, who is generally considered the No. 1 overall prospect in America, now says Alabama and South Carolina are in virtual deadlock for the top spot on his list. At one time the 6-6, 245-pound athlete from Rock Hill, S.C., was also considering Georgia, Auburn, Tennessee and North Carolina.

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271 comments Add your comment

Ric Flair

August 12th, 2010
11:06 am

First?

Wooooooooooooooo!

BigTimeTECHFan

August 12th, 2010
11:06 am

BigTimeTECHFan

August 12th, 2010
11:08 am

Wilder would have fit nice in Tech offense.

Put a giant bugzapper on North Ave

August 12th, 2010
11:09 am

HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

I am not confident UGA will get him, hopeful, but not confident…..

however….. add this to MORE proof and evidence that that GIMMICK offense isn;t going to land ANY recruits with hopes and dreams of NFL. You Nerds can act like athletes want to goto your school for an education, but you’d only being fooling yourself.

To Hell With Georgia Tech!!!!!

Put a giant bugzapper on North Ave

August 12th, 2010
11:12 am

Big Time TECH fan……

HE DOES NOT WANT TO CONTINUE HIS HIGH SCHOOL PLAYBOOK!!!

It will do NOTHING for him in the NFL scout’s eyes!!! i.e. Jonathan Dwyer!!!

(enter your “he was out of shape at the combine” comeback here _________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________)

lucky21

August 12th, 2010
11:14 am

hey bugzapper at least we were in the running I mean to be honest we usually dont even get a look from five star recruits so its progress

Put a giant bugzapper on North Ave

August 12th, 2010
11:20 am

lucky21….

in the running??? son, this article is about how GT is OUT of the running!!!

{{{{{30-24}}}}}

juvenal

August 12th, 2010
11:23 am

they get an education if they want, just like everywhere else…thot ncaa out-lawed eye-black messages…..the nfl will find playas anywhere they are at….

RambleOn84

August 12th, 2010
11:24 am

UGA fans once again prove all they care about is Tech…

They have a chance at landing a great prospect, but the only joy comes from Tech being eliminated from his consideration.

Tech is doing fine…it obviously would have been nice to have him, but we have plenty of talent in the backfield over the next few years.

Scoob

August 12th, 2010
11:25 am

Robert Marve did stay in state. Later transferred to Purdue

VA DAWG

August 12th, 2010
11:25 am

It would be a nice to get Wilder, but he’s all Nole. Hopefully, we’ll be able to reel in Mr. Crowell. They would be a heck of a tandem in ‘12, but Crowell is a must. GO DAWGS!

GStateBen

August 12th, 2010
11:27 am

Wilder will end up at Florida State as he has the best connection to Eddie Gran and the coaching staff. Florida is still recruiting him an an ATH and he want to play RB. Jimbo Fisher likes bigger RBs and he will pull the trigger and become a ‘Nole.

trueUGAfan

August 12th, 2010
11:31 am

it’s about time for “toe to meet leather”, i can’t wait…i love this time of year…youth ball, HS ball, college ball(love it), and pro ball…will the guys in stripes just blow the whistle already…

#2 Bama Fan

August 12th, 2010
11:32 am

I was shocked that Bama got the qb from Tampa Phillip Ely but hey you never know about recruiting 17 and 18 years old kids. RTR

ehhhhhh

August 12th, 2010
11:33 am

He will be Gator.

Michael

August 12th, 2010
11:39 am

pretty sure the Bailey kid is from EAST HALL not North Hall.

ATL XMAN

August 12th, 2010
11:40 am

tech grad only the better teams run the pro style offense in high school but very few run it anyways. most run a spread type offense because not all high schools have all the right players to run the pro style offense.

ATL XMAN

August 12th, 2010
11:41 am

my point jared is that the type talented players that tech needs in order to win more than 6 or 7 games a year, avoids pj offense. dwyer and bey bey and nesbitt aswell, all were recruited to play in a pro style offense for chan gaily not pj high school offense. it was too late to swithch so they had to stay for the most part. the pro style players(gailys recruits) ran the high school offense pretty much perfect. now 2 of the 3 players were going to go pro anyways because they are that good and pj offense only cost them millions in the draft and not a job in the nfl. nesbitt might of been a late draft pick if he stayed in gailys offense but now because of pj ,wont get drafted at all. all the top recruits see this and are learning from scouts and other nfl players that type offense wont cut it in the nfl. that is why this guy will choose UNC pro style offense over techs high school offense. he wants to get better as a pro running back not a div 1aa running back because he thinks he is better than that. do you follow me?

BigTimeTECHFan

August 12th, 2010
11:42 am

Not a fan of ESPN The Magazine but I may check the GSU story out.

RambleOn84

August 12th, 2010
11:43 am

ATL XMAN,
You have no clue what you are talking about, as usual…I played as recently as seven years ago, and there were only 1-2 schools we played who ran an option-based (wing T) offense. No one ran a spread. Everyone else ran a “pro-style” offense, regardless of their personnel.

Truth Shall Prevail

August 12th, 2010
11:45 am

Sterling Bailey goes to East Hall High School.

ATL XMAN

August 12th, 2010
11:46 am

you can add that romar morris kid to this list aswell. the word is out baout how tech running backs in this offense are hurting there chances of getting drafted. dwyer stock dropped and now anthony allen’s will too. but hey, at least they get to get hit every play..=)

RambleOn84

August 12th, 2010
11:47 am

ATL XMAN was one of the many guys who also explained to all of us how Johnson’s offense never could work in the first place…
then the next year that it couldn’t work again because it had already been seen…
now the story is that we won’t be able to recruit well enough to sustain the success…
after Johnson proves this wrong, it will be that Johnson won’t stay at Tech…

Haters continue to hate, Johnson continues to make them look like the fools they are…

GO JACKETS

NOT GOING TO THE TRADE SCHOOL IN ATL

August 12th, 2010
11:47 am

This kid is either going to the NOLES or the DAWGS. Hopefully Murray will give UGA a little bit of help by talking to his boy!

HugoStiglitz

August 12th, 2010
11:49 am

I dont think anybody thought Wilder was seriously considering Tech or Bama. I actually didnt think he was really considering UGA either, but maybe I was wrong. Although after everything I have read about him it would still be a shocker if he went somewhere outside of Florida.

Dawg House

August 12th, 2010
11:49 am

I don’t quite understand why kids want so badly to leave their home state. As a football player, he must be a fan of college football…. and chances are he is a big time FSU or UF fan right?

Growing up with no family connections to the Dawgs, just a lifetime Ga boy, I was a huge Dawg fan by the time I got to middle school, and couldn’t wait to watch them on fall Saturdays. Had I been blessed with football abilities and had been recruited by all these top notch programs we mention, there would have been NO QUESTION about me being a Dawg.

I hope Wilder picks UGA, but how can anybody get mad or hurt if he decides to stay in-state.

One more note, that I am not hearing anybody talk about, is the fact that Aaron Murray and Orson Charles also went to Plant HS, and both picked the Dawgs over strong pushes from the Gators (don’t know about FSU). Hopefully in his visits to UGA, AM and OC played selling ambassadors to him to come with them and be a part of something special over the next few years.

I look forward to next Wednesday, and hope very much that he puts that beautiful longated G on his head.

GO DAWGS!!!!!!

RambleOn84

August 12th, 2010
11:50 am

Scout.com once again proves that they rate the players based on where they go and who offers them…Sterling Bailey is suddenly a better player now that he committed to powerhouse UGA…I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that UGA fans buy a lot of their subscriptions…hmm…

Anyone who takes these “star ratings” as gospel is a fool…

ATL XMAN

August 12th, 2010
11:50 am

only the better teams run that offense in high school. texas and fla teams run the spread. count how many teams that are playing in the dome this year that run the pro style offense. 7 years ago was a long time too.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

August 12th, 2010
11:50 am

Chip- how does scout all of a sudden give stars or take stars away. 2 weeks ago, Lemay was #2 QB, now Driskel is #2- none of them have played their senior year yet, so why the changes??

RambleOn84

August 12th, 2010
11:53 am

In the past 7 years many college teams (and even the New England Patriots) have had immense success with the spread. This is why more teams may be moving towards it, not because they don’t have the personnel.

TechGrad

August 12th, 2010
11:54 am

Like I said, ATL XMAN just makes stuff up to support his OPINIONS. He has no facts to speak of.

ATL XMAN

August 12th, 2010
11:55 am

84…his offense doesnt work with his recruits as you will soon see. the only reason his offense did this well is because of gailys pro style players that actually have a chance to play pro ball. those kids didnt have a choice. but guys like wilder and morris do and they choose to play for a better team and offense. and tech will be getting the scraps that should be playing for teams like Georgia southern and elon.

Jean Shortz

August 12th, 2010
11:55 am

Georgia Tech is not doing fine with their 2011 recruiting class. A Bleacher Report breakdown this week of the current Top 25, shows Tech’s recruiting class at #49 in the nation. They said Tech’s class is pathetic and has a long way to go. Georgia’s is currently ranked #7 in the nation.

(((30-24))) You know it hurts.

ATL XMAN

August 12th, 2010
11:57 am

the facts are there you just ignore them. you backfield will be made up of 2 and 3 star conerbacks and receivers when allen is gone. and the only running backs that will accept an offer from tech just turned down elon and georgia southern.

GeoffDawg

August 12th, 2010
11:58 am

Dawg House – I’ve read that since Wilder transferred to Plant after Murray and Charles were already gone, there isn’t as strong a connection there are you might assume.

RambleOn84

August 12th, 2010
11:58 am

They absolutely did have a choice, ATL XMAN…Dwyer, D. Thomas, and Nesbitt all played as true freshmen, and didn’t use a redshirt. When Paul Johnson came in, they were all true sophomores, and could have transferred anywhere in the country and still had three years of eligibility left.

QB Steven Threet did just this, transferring to Michigan, as did a few others.

But don’t let facts get in the way of your story…

ATL XMAN

August 12th, 2010
11:59 am

84 you must be high if you are comparing the spread offense to pj high school offense.

RambleOn84

August 12th, 2010
12:00 pm

Whoa, Jean Shortz…Bleacher Report said that? That is such a prestigious publication that maybe we should just quit playing football at Tech if they say we’re doing poorly.

RambleOn84

August 12th, 2010
12:01 pm

ATL XMAN,
Considering we don’t use “conerbacks” in our offense, I think we will be fine with them only having 2 or 3 stars…

ATL XMAN

August 12th, 2010
12:03 pm

they would have had to sit a year if they left tech and would have had the jr and srs years only to play. was easier to stay at tech and have playing time. it was too late for them to switch.

RambleOn84

August 12th, 2010
12:04 pm

When did I compare the spread offense to “pj high school offense?”

You honestly must be brain-damaged.

ATL XMAN

August 12th, 2010
12:04 pm

look again at your roster..what does bostic play in high school?

RambleOn84

August 12th, 2010
12:05 pm

They would have had three years…count em again. You may need a calculator.

ATL XMAN

August 12th, 2010
12:05 pm

In the past 7 years many college teams (and even the New England Patriots) have had immense success with the spread. This is why more teams may be moving towards it, not because they don’t have the personnel

you wrote this right?

RambleOn84

August 12th, 2010
12:07 pm

Bostic played cornerback and quarterback…but was also projected as a slot receiver…we use him for our offense as most likely an A-back…teams change players’ positions all the time…what’s your point?

RambleOn84

August 12th, 2010
12:07 pm

No comparison to Tech’s offense at all in the quote…did you fail out in middle school English?

Al ( I knew Johnny Unitas ) Groh

August 12th, 2010
12:08 pm

Did Al Groh SHOW HIS NFL RING to the young man??? We were told that “Al Groh, with his NFL contacts would shore up GT recruiting” and would get 5 stars ( NFL bound ) to sign with GT. Am I wrong? I know that Wilder is a running back but with the Al Groh NFL contacts, he should have been so interested in speaking with Groh. Right??? N-O-T.

What happened? Did Groh tell this young man that he played with johnny Unitas back in 63, um, or ah, was it 67? ARGHHHHHH,ARGHHHHHHH,ARGGGGGH. $#@^%$#

AAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAH THE ACC is GT’s worst enemmy. Great kids want to play in the SEC cause they know that it is big boy ball.

Go Dogs.

HugoStiglitz

August 12th, 2010
12:09 pm

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater, it doesnt appear to be any thing Lemay is doing wrong but more about what Driskel is doing right. He dominated the recent Elite 11 camp which Lemay wasnt even at for whatever reason, and was the top QB at the All-NIKE camp. Lemay wasnt first or second team, but an honorable mention. Those things probably pushed Driskel ahead.

RambleOn84

August 12th, 2010
12:09 pm

You realized you made a stupid comment in that Dwyer, Thomas, and Nesbitt were “forced” to play for Johnson; now you change the subject and try to make me appear dumb, though it’s not working.

ATL XMAN

August 12th, 2010
12:10 pm

they played for gaily 1 year, there freshmen year. if they left when paul came in they would have had to sit out a year( there sophmore year) of football. which sucks. they then would have to red shirt so they could play 3 years if they wanted too. like ryan mallet did when left mich.