Plant (Tampa, Fla.) two-way standout James Wilder enters the summer as the No. 1 football recruit in the Class of 2011, according to MaxPreps and CBS College Sports recruiting analyst Tom Lemming.
The MaxPreps Top 100 also features a stellar defensive end, two running backs, three offensive linemen and one quarterback, defensive back and linebacker each among the top 10. Lemming released the list today.
Wilder, a linebacker and running back, was a dominant force on both sides of the ball for Plant, which captured a 5A state title in 2009.
At 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, Wilder has an outstanding frame to go along with a terrific blend of power and quickness. He was named a MaxPreps Junior All-American after recording 19 sacks, six pass deflections and four forced fumbles.
Defense is probably his calling card, but he's talented enough to play on either side of the ball in college.
Second on the list is Jadeveon Clowney, who also possesses unique physical gifts. The 6-6, 240-pounder is nearly impossible to block coming off the edge with his quickness and strength. And he's only going to get stronger.
Rounding out the top three is DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) offensive lineman Cyrus Kouandjio, the nation's top offensive lineman. Fellow linemen Brandon Shell of Goose Creek (S.C.) and La'El Collins from Redemptorist (Baton Rouge, La.) are at No. 6 and No. 7 in a deep year for that position.
Ohio's Braxton Miller currently ranks as the nation's top quarterback prospect at No. 8. Other signal-callers among the top 20 are Christian Lemay (No. 12) and Kiehl Frazier (No. 15).
MaxPreps Top 100 - Class of 2011