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Wilder ready to make college announcement UPDATE

Posted Aug 9, 2010 by Katherine Smith

Updated Aug 9, 2010 at 05:09 PM

UPDATE: The Tribune was first to report James Wilder, Jr. would make his college announcement next week. We now know the exact date.

Plant coach Robert Weiner said Wilder will announce his college decision on Aug. 18, a week after teammates Phillip Ely and Tony Posada make their commitments.

Wilder has narrowed down his lengthy list of scholarship offers to six - Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU and Miami.


Plant two-way starter James Wilder Jr. will announce his college decision next week, Panthers head coach Robert Weiner said.

With more than 60 Division I scholarship offers, Wilder spent the summer narrowing down his choices and taking campus visits. He will choose from Florida, FSU, Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU and Miami. Wilder told the Tribune he wants to play running back exclusively in college.

Weiner said Wilder could have made his announcement on Wednesday, when quarterback Phillip Ely and offensive lineman Tony Posada are scheduled to make their decisions, but he opted to wait until next week.

One of the most highly recruited players in the nation, Wilder took the field with his Plant teammates Monday morning for the first official practice of the fall season. Players from the back-to-back defending state champions began piling into the fieldhouse after 6 a.m. and took the field just before 7 a.m.

They practiced on the baseball field because their football field remains under construction while new synthetic turf is installed.

Plant players began the morning going over coverages and then split up into position groups. The early morning practice had every element of a normal Panthers workout except a football. Because they are practicing twice today, per rules, the team can only practice with a football once, so Plant will save that opportunity for the afternoon workout.

The Panthers are replacing the majority of the starters on both sides of the ball. Linebacker Matt Suarez, one of only two returning starters on defense, will be sidelined this week with a sprained ankle. Suarez suffered the injury last week playing basketball at the MDA Camp.

Stay tuned to TBO for practice reports, photos and video from around the county.