Florida State

Commitment Status:Signed LOI

James Wilder Jr.

College Choices

School Interest Offer Visit Recruited by
Florida St.COMMITTEDOfferedNoneLawrence Dawsey
AuburnNoneOfferedNoneTrooper Taylor
Georgia TechNoneOfferedNoneCharles Kelly
Miami (FL)NoneOfferedNone
N. CarolinaNoneOfferedNone
OregonNoneOfferedNoneGary Campbell
South CarolinaNoneOfferedNoneG.A. Mangus

Scouting Report on James Wilder Jr.

by Barry Every - 06/01/2010
  • SpeedBlue Chip
  • SizeBlue Chip
  • StrengthAs Good As It Gets
  • AgilityDivision I Player
  • AthleticismBlue Chip
On the Hoof: Wilder has an athletic and muscular build, with an extremely powerful lower body. He is built like a taller Christine Michael of Texas A&M.
Needs Improvement: Needs to decide on a position and work on the mental and physical skills needed for that job. He is a bit stiff in the hips for a running back, which hurts his change of direction. He must also work on his backpedal as a linebacker while dropping in coverage.
Most Impressive: Pound for pound, he may be the strongest player in the country regardless of position. He runs with nice forward body lean and makes yards after contact. Defensively, he plays downhill and uses his speed to catch unsuspecting ball carriers. Wilder has the speed and power to explode through would-be tacklers leaving bodies limp on the field.
Conclusion: As long as he starts playing a position which best uses his skill set then expect phenomenal things from this athlete. Personally, I think his future is on the defensive side of the ball as a linebacker/defensive end hybrid wreaking havoc on every play. He would cause offensive coordinators to plan their schemes away from him.

Barry Every is a Football Recruiting Analyst for Rivals.com. He has worked in the recruiting offices for Mark Richt at the University of Georgia, Bobby Bowden at Florida State University and Mack Brown at the University of North Carolina

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