Wilder Scouting Report

Tampa (FL) Plant defensive end James Wilder is one of the best overall prospects the state of Florida has to offer for the class of 2011.

James Wilder first broke onto the scene during his sophomore season where he totaled 145 tackles (62 solo) and 15 sacks. Wilder can do it all regardless of where he lines up. Linebacker or defensive end, Wilder has unlimited potential.

Projecting as a defensive end at the next level is Wilder is currently 6-2 and 225-pounds running in the 4.5 range. He has 11 sacks on the season and another 12 rushing touchdowns.

Wilder will need to become accustomed to playing with his hand down once he reaches the collegiate level but plays the game at 100 mph on every play giving great effort. He plays with great leverage and has great football awareness. It's not often that a defensive end can run down a running back 40 yards downfield but that is exactly what Wilder can do once he locates where the ball is going. Only a junior and already 6-2 and 225, Wilder could easily reach 6-4 and 240 pounds by the time he reaches college.

Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee and Florida State are a few to keep an eye on but this one could be over very quickly for the Gators. Florida is the team that Wilder has the most interest in at this time and it could take a lot to change that moving forward.


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