Thursday was special for DL Dexter Wideman and Saluda High School. Wideman was one of the 40 players selected for the South Carolina Shrine Bowl team.
"It's a big honor for our school especially being a small town and a small school," Saluda coach Doug Painter said. "He had a decent year last year but not great. We talked about some things he needed to do to get better and get recruited and he bought in to that. He got himself into the best condition he's ever been in and I think that shows in his play. He's probably got as many tackles after 6 games as he had last year after 12 games."
Wideman has been publicly committed to Florida State since the summer but he never closed the door on USC and his coach says the commitment to the Seminoles is very soft at best right now. "He's still got Florida State in his mind too," Painter said. "He doesn't know right now to be honest with you. He's torn because South Carolina is closer to home and he's been to a lot of games there. He likes the coaches but he likes the coaches at Florida State too."
Wideman will take an official visit to Florida State for the Miami game. "I now he's going to go down there and he said hopefully after I get back from down there I can make up my mind for sure," Painter said adding that Wideman will also take an official visit to USC.
"I think right now he's still committed but he's still talking, if that makes sense," Painter said.
Wideman is playing in the Under Armour All American Game and his coach said he wants to make his announcement then.