GAINESVILLE -- Florida redshirt freshman offensive lineman James Wilson is apparently tranferring, according to Wilson's facebook.com page. Wilson was rated the No.1 offensive guard prospect (No.2 among ALL PLAYERS) in the nation in 2006 by Rivals.com.
Wilson's website profile reads, "I'm transferring." The five-star recruit, considered one of the Gators' best young offensive lineman, did not return phone calls on Friday night. Attempts to confirm the news through Florida's sports information staff were also unsuccessful.
A five-star recruit out of Ponte Vedra Beach Nease High School, Wilson was high school teammates with Florida quarterback Tim Tebow. Wilson, who picked Florida over USC, said he chose the Gators over the Trojans because he wanted to block for Tebow.
It's unclear where Wilson (6-5, 305 pounds) might transfer but several of his former high school teammates play for Wake Forest of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Wilson is the fifth Florida player to leave the Gators this offseason. The list includes running backs Chevon Walker and Bo Williams, receiver Jarred Fayson, quarterback Bryan Waggener and now Wilson.
MY OPINION? The Gators could stomach the losses of Williams, Walker, Waggener and even Fayson. Losing Wilson, who Florida coach Urban Meyer loved and expected to be a starter sooner than later, is a blow for the Gators.