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Plant's Wilder impresses at Nike camp

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Wed. May 26, 2010 | John C. Cotey | Email

Plant's James Wilder Jr., recently named the country's No. 1 prospect by MaxPreps and CBS College Sports recruiting analyst Tom Lemming, wasted little time following the end of Plant's spring practice with Friday's jamboree against Jefferson, grabbing MVP honors the next day at a NIKE camp featuring more than 300 players in Tuscaloosa.

Wilder was named tops amongst all linebackers at the camp Saturday. According to the ESPNRISE report, Wilder was his usual dominant self when it came to pass rushing, but opened some eyes with his coverage abilities. Though he has expressed his desire to play running back in college, Wilder continues to make defensive coaches fawn.

"I was shocked to hear he wasn't a linebacker," LB coach Chris Gizzi told ESPN. "He had no problems flipping his hips and running with the running backs. He's a great kid too and worked really hard.

"Physically, he looks like a college player right now and had the biggest arms I've seen on a linebacker. He runs very well and I love how he competed. No matter where he plays in college, he's going to be a great player."

Wilder unofficially visited Alabama over the weekend. He recently told the Times that the Crimson Tide was the first school on him as a running back prospect and the defending national champions have stayed firm in their commitment to him as an offensive player.

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