Top recruit James Wilder chooses FSU

August, 19, 2010
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There are only a few recruits in the country who have the power to make grown men scream and rejoice like the teenagers they're pursuing.

James Wilder is one of them.

Wilder, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound running back from Plant High School and the No. 19 player in the ESPNU 150, chose Florida State over Florida and Georgia. He had a little fun with Georgia fans, torturing them in the process, thanks to a false Internet rumor that said he was heading to Athens. Wilder is the son of former NFL player James Wilder, and his commitment could have a ripple effect on the rest of the 2011 class.

Florida State is recruiting like it's 1999.

The Seminoles haven't done a darn thing on the field yet to impress these recruits, which makes what Jimbo Fisher and his staff have done on the recruiting trail even more impressive. Florida State just beat Florida where it counts the most. The Seminoles aren't back in the national picture on the field yet, but they've returned to that level in recruiting. It's only a matter of time before that translates into wins.

"We talk personnel and recruiting every day," said offensive line coach Rick Trickett. "He's wearing it out. He's on the phone every day. He's all over that. That's his No. 1 priority right now."

And it shows in this recruiting class.

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