Tim Polzer
Tuesday November 5th, 2013

James Wilder Jr. is considered a top 2015 draft prospect. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) James Wilder Jr. is considered a top NFL running back prospect among juniors. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

A high school football recruit visiting the Florida State campus this past weekend may have both good and bad news for Seminoles fans.

The bad news: Washington (Pa.) High running back Shai McKenzie told 247sports.com that Florida State junior tailback James Wilder Jr. said he and junior tailback Devonta Freeman could declare early for the 2014 NFL Draft. NFL.com's Mike Huguenin has the quotes via 247sports.com's pay site:

"He told me that him and Freeman could be leaving after this year, so it is a good opportunity for myself to come in and play early," McKenzie told the website. McKenzie also said Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher told him FSU has a need at running back.

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Wilder, the son of former NFL running back James Wilder, has rushed for 268 yards and four touchdowns while being slowed by a shoulder injury and a concussion this season. The preseason Doak Walker candidate is considered a better pro prospect than Freeman, who leads the Seminoles with 639 yards and eight touchdowns.

The good news for the Seminoles: McKenzie, the 6-0, 212-pound prospect holding 32 college scholarship offers, said he enjoyed the Florida State visit. THAMEL: Texas official: Arizona State's Steve Patterson will be next Longhorns AD

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