TAMPA, Florida -- One of the most celebrated high school stars from this area made a much anticipated return to Tampa Saturday night.
Former Plant High Panther James Wilder Jr. helped his Florida State Seminoles down USF at Raymond James Stadium, 30-17. He told reporters after the game that he was looking forward to the matchup all season.
Wilder played in front of family and friends Saturday, including many former prep peers from Hillsborough County. Wilder led Plant to the 2009 state title.
Through Florida State's first five games this season, Wilder has already scored six touchdowns. He's second on the team with 293 rushing yards on 46 carries, and has given head coach Jimbo Fisher another dangerous option in the backfield to go along with the team's leading rusher, Chris Thompson.
Wilder is one of the key pieces on a team that is projected as a national championship contender. He and the Seminoles travel to face NC State this weekend.