Wilkerson Wreaks Havoc Up Front

FOX Sports NEXT is in the streets this fall to bring you all the coverage from across the Midlands region. After watching Katy defeat Cedar Hill in the Texas Class 5A Division II title game, FOX Sports NEXT caught up with Katy defensive lineman Tim Wilkerson to get his postgame thoughts…

Many would not argue that defense is what sets the tone for most of the football teams at any given level. And with that said, most would say that the front line is the most critical aspect of a successful defense. 

For Katy (TX) defensive tackle Tim Wilkerson, being part of a solid defense is something he looks forward to.

"We pride ourselves on having a tough defense, with a strong defensive line. But everything starts around us," Wilkerson said of the front line players. "We are coached well and put in a position to make plays."

In a 35-24 win over Cedar Hill in the Class 5A Division II state title game, Wilkerson and his guys made enough plays down the stretch to keep a talent, quick Cedar Hill team out of the end zone for the second half of the fourth quarter.

For the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Wilkerson, the first half was much more productive than the second. But in the end, he ended with five tackles and a sack. 

"I felt like I started off playing well, getting some tackles early. In the second half, I didn't do as well," Wilkerson, who had four tackles and a sack by halftime said. "But we play as a team and was able to get the job done."

This season has been one that is not only showed how strong the Katy team as a whole is, but also the individual contributions of some its vital components. That includes Wilkerson. 

And while he has not seen a lot of major movement in his recruitment thus far, word is bound to get around quickly. 

"At this point, besides academically, right now I'm not hearing from a lot of schools," Wilkerson said. "But this off season, I plan to check out Texas, Baylor, Texas A&M, and a couple of West Coast schools."

Wilkerson is hoping to get some looks for the defensive end position. Either way, Wilkerson is looking to improve on his game as this off season gets underway.

This apparently starts much sooner for programs that expect success.

"This was a great win and we have been working for this a long time. Hopefully with me being a junior, me and the rest of the underclassmen can take this with us and strive for it again next year," Wilkerson said. "We can enjoy this win for now, but once we come back from Christmas break we can get back to work."

Ahmard Vital is responsible for Midlands Recruiting, mainly covering prospects in the state of Texas. He joined Scout.com in 2005 and is the author of the newly released book, Awaken the Baller Within.
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