DL Dexter Wideman of Saluda remains committed to Florida State but will visit USC a week from Saturday and then it's anybody's guess what will happen. "He's not told me that anything has changed," said former Saluda coach Doug Painter who is now the athletics director at Strom Thurmond.
There's strong sentiment in the recruiting world that Wideman eventually will change his pledge to USC. But Painter said while Wideman was at the Under Armour Game, he got an earful from Seminole pledges. "He got down there and there were other Florida State guys around. You know how 17 year olds are. He talks to two or three other guys and who knows what he might think."
Wideman is also scheduled to visit Florida State January 31st. Unless, of course, he switches to USC and decides not to visit. And Painter said there are some compelling reasons for Wideman to flip. "Knowing more of the kids at South Carolina, more in state guys. He talked to some of those guys at the Shrine Bowl. There's a little different driving distance for grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins of which he has a number of in Saluda. I think all of that may be a part of his decision making."
Painter said Wideman will wait until National Signing day for a ceremony at his school before announcing his decision.
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