December 22, 2009

You gotta see this: Wilder runs wild

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We've been showing you a bunch of amazing high school football videos here at RivalsHigh this year, but this one - on the final weekend of the high school season - may top them all.

It's a 42-yard TD run by James Wilder Jr., of Tampa (Fla.) Plant High.

Yes, Wilder is the son of former NFL star running back James Wilder. But no, we can't recall Wilder - or any other NFL player - doing this. On the way to the end zone, Wilder knocks over three defenders simultaneously, as if they were bowling pins. He gets turned around, but that doesn't matter, he spins out of it and works his way down the field for the score.

And let's be clear, this was a top-notch defense from as good a high school football state as there is.

The play came last weekend in the Florida 5A state final against Manatee, the team that shut down the seemingly unstoppable and defending national champion St. Thomas Aquinas the week before.

Plant won, 21-14, and finished the year ranked No. 17 in the final Rivals High Top 100 rankings.

Wilder, who ran for 137 yards and a TD in the game, still hasn't made a college choice. Of course, he has plenty of time. Amazingly, the 6-2, 223-pound Wilder is just a junior - and will be one of the top recruits for 2011.

Wilder's dad ran for over 6,000 yards and 37 touchdowns in a ten-year NFL career spent almost entirely with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His best season came in 1984, when his 2,229 combined yards were just 16 short of the then NFL record.

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