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Tue. June 1, 2010 | Eduardo A. Encina

Plant RB/LB/DE James Wilder Jr. and Countryside OT Tyler Moore have been named to Rivals.com’s Top 100 list.

The list, which was released Tuesday, lists Wilder as the nation’s No. 3 prospect. Moore, a Nebraska commit, is the 73rd-ranked recruit. They are the only two bay area commits to land on the list.

Wilder, whose offers include Florida, Florida State, Miami, USC and Georgia, is one of just 11 prospects to be rated five-star prospects. He is the second Florida prospect, behind St. Augustine Menendez LB Tony Steward. Rivals ranked Rock Hill (S.C.) South Pointe DE Jadeveon Clowneyas the nation's top recruit.

"Wilder is an impressive physical specimen; he is ripped from head to toe," Rivals recruiting analyst Barry Every said. "This stellar two-way player is a winner who already understands the importance of leading by example. His versatility allows him to project as a linebacker, running back, or possibly a weakside defensive end at the next level."

Wilder also recently won the top LB award at the Nike Tuscaloose (Ala.) Camp at the University of Alabama.

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

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