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Tue. August 17, 2010 | Eduardo A. Encina

When Plant five-star recruit James Wilder Jr. makes his college announcement Wednesday evening, one online publication says he will commit to the University of Georgia.

Sports website FanHouse.com, citing anonymous sources, reported Tuesday that Wilder will choose the Bulldogs over Florida State and Florida, "barring a last-minute change of heart."

At Georgia, Wilder would be the third high-profile Plant prospect to go to the school. Quarterback Aaron Murray and tight end Orson Charles, both members of the Panthers' 2008 Class 4A state championship team, signed with the Bulldogs. Wilder, however, did not player with the pair at Plant. He transferred from Chamberlain following the 2008 season, but it is believed both Murray and Charles have played a part in recruiting Wilder to Georgia.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Wilder is ranked the No. 3 prospect in the nation by Rivals.com and the No. 1 prospect by MaxPreps.

Last Wednesday, Wilder told the Times that all three schools were close.

"I’ve slept on it a lot,” Wilder said. “Today I’ll have FSU in the lead, tomorrow I’ll have UF and in three days I’ll have Georgia. I just have to make sure I think a lot about it. I’ve still got a lot of thinking to do in the last seven days.”

Wilder will make his decision known at the Plant High auditorium Wednesday at 5 p.m.

Last week, two of Wilder's teammates -- quarterback Phillip Ely and offensive tackle Tony Posada -- committed to Alabama and Michigan, respectively.

-- EDUARDO A. ENCINA (eencina@sptimes.com)

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