James Wilson flips to Florida 

January, 18, 2007
Back in August, the Fighting Irish came up short in the battle for James Wilson (St. Augustine, Fla./Nease), the nation's No.1-rated guard, when he chose USC.

The Trojans now know a little bit about the Irish's pain, as they have now come up on the wrong end of a Wilson decision. The guard decided after being committed to the Trojans for several months that his heart was closer to home, and he wanted to be a Florida Gator. The Trojans, who currently have the No. 3 class, will survive without Wilson, but it always stings when you loss a player of his caliber.

USC still has one of the nation's top guard prospects in Kris O'Dowd (Tuscon, Ariz./Salpointe Catholic) on board, and they would have made an outstanding tandem.