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TAMPA– Since he committed to Florida State in August, Plant All-American RB/DE James Wilder Jr. has received a lot of ribbing from his Panthers teammates and coaches for the quality of the Seminole Chop he gave after announcing his pledge to FSU (See it below at 9:30).
“I had my arm in a bit,” Wilder said this week. “I had my vest on. I think I’ve got it down now. I’m good now.”
Despite scattered internet speculation that he might be waffling on his pledge to the Seminoles, Wilder said this week he’s as committed to Florida State now as the day he committed.
“I just ignore it,” he said. “I know I’m a Seminole.”
Wilder, who has rushed for 780 yards and 10 touchdowns in 8 games heading into Plant’s regular-season finale at South Tampa rival Robinson, said he’s been doing his share of recruiting and believes his work will help Florida State land three big commitments during FSU’s home-finale against rival Florida on Nov. 27.
“I’ve been doing a lot of recruiting myself and I think I’ve got a couple of guys committing that day, but I’m not going to put those names out there, a couple of top 25 prospects,” Wilder said. “That’s going to be a good day.”
Wilder is ranked the nation’s No. 1 recruit by MaxPreps and the No. 9 overall prospect by Rivals.com. On Tuesday, he was officially named to the U.S. Army All-American Team along with Plant teammate Phillip Ely.
-- EDUARDO A. ENCINA (firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @EddieHometeam)