The Jones comparison is an easy one. Physically he is the closest comparison to Wilder, both are built just about perfect. Jones was also a two-way standout in high school and many questioned which side of the ball that he should play on. Jones heard plenty of "he is a linebacker" talk. He wanted to be a RB and it is hard to argue with the results.
Both players bring elite bloodlines to the mix with Wilder being the son of Tampa Bay legend James Wilder and Jones being a cousin to former Heavyweight Champion of the World "Smokin'" Joe Frazier.
Jones ran for 2,365 yards and 23 touchdowns despite suffering some injuries during his college career. Those injuries caught up with him in the NFL as his career was cut short by them.
The image of Jones gashing the Miami defense in the Orange Bowl(2002) will always be remembered by the Nole faithful. Despite the success, he was clearly capable of doing more and there is a good chance that Wilder fills those shoes.
There are not many of these types in the country and Wilder is expected to bring the physical aspect that has been missing in Tallahassee. He should excel in short yardage situations and in between the tackles.
Like Jones, Wilder runs better north-south than east-west, and his speed was one area where he clearly improved as a senior. The chatter of Wilder playing linebacker speaks to his ridiculous athleticism rather than his inability to play running back.
Wilder will be physically ready to contribute from day one, his playing time will be determined by how quickly he picks up the play-book.
Wilder should be credited with serving notice that FSU is "back" on the recruiting trail. A long-time Gator lean, Wilder committed to FSU in August creating a ton of positive momentum which has carried through right to the present.