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Sat. October 24, 2009 | Keith Niebuhr

The general consensus among recruiting gurus seems to be that Plant junior RB/DE James Wilder Jr. will be among the five best prospects in Florida next season.

It would appear college coaches agree.

According to Panthers coach Robert Weiner, Wilder already has about 30 scholarship offers, including ones from Florida, Tennessee and LSU.

Missouri, the school his father, former Tampa Bay Bucs RB James Wilder Sr., played at, also has made an offer.

In three years at Mizzou, Wilder set the school rushing record with 2,357 yards (later broken). He is best known for his performance in the team’s 1978 Nebraska game, when he carried 28 times for 181 yards and four touchdowns in a 35-31 Tigers victory.

A native of Sikeston, Mo., Wilder was nicknamed "The Sikeston Train."

National power Southern California also is showing interest in the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Panthers star, but as of Saturday had not offered a scholarship.

--KEITH NIEBUHR (kniebuhr@sptimes.com)

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