GAINESVILLE -- Florida coach Urban Meyer said on Wednesday that he will not grant James Wilson a release from his scholarship, which would allow the redshirt freshman to cut ties with Florida and transfer.
Instead, Meyer told reporters that he still hopes to convince Wilson to stay put at Florida. Wilson, who announced he was transferring last week on his facebook.com page (bizarre), recently changed his Internet profile picture to a photo featuring him and several Wake Forest football players. Wilson played high school football at Ponte Vedra Beach Nease with several players who went to Wake Forest, including Demon Deacons quarterback Riley Skinner.
Wilson has avoided telephone calls for more than a week.
Officially, Meyer said that Wilson will miss spring practice due to a knee injury. Wilson, who was one of the nation's top recruits in 2006, injured his left knee last year and, according to Meyer, has actually never practiced with the Gators' football team. Wilson rehabbed his knee last season.
So, here's what I'm wondering: Why in the world would Meyer keep around a player who doesn't want to be there and has never actually practiced with the team to begin with? Meyer is convinced he can persuade Wilson to stay at Florida and cited several examples of players (C.I. and Jason Watkins) who wanted to quit Florida's team in the recent pass but instead stuck around.