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Tebow helped convince James Wilson to stay

GAINESVILLE -- It's official (for now). Wishy-washy offensive lineman James Wilson is staying put in Gainesville and playing football for the Gators. Wilson, a redshirt freshman, asked for a release from his scholarship before spring practice but (as of Monday, this could change any minute) Wilson wants to be a Gator for at least another week.

Just a side thought: Is Wilson attention starved, or what? I mean, this guy didn't even practice with the team last season, has two jacked up knees and looks to be overweight but he thinks he's good enough to make a big deal about him wanting to leave.

ANYWAY, Wilson is happy again. I spoke with Tebow for about 10 minutes on Monday before leaving for New York (typing this blog in Madison Square Garden) and His Heisman told me he meet several times with Wilson in the past month to convince the wavering offensive lineman to stick around. Wilson played with Tebow at Ponte Vedra Beach Nease High and Wilson committed to Gators over the Southern Cal, in part, because he wanted to play with Tebow.

Florida coach Urban Meyer is convinced that Wilson is worth the effort to keep happy and keep around. Meyer has pointed to starting tackle Jason Watkins as an offensive lineman who has gone from wanting to transfer to the first-team offense. Wilson was one of the top recruits in the nation in 2007. Guess that's the difference in him and the other former Gators that transferred after last season ... Bo Williams, Jarred Fayson, Chevy Walker, etc.



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