Homecoming for Wilkins

Homecoming weekend by definition is geared towards a school's alumni. Yet, there was no denying that one specific high school student who has yet to even enroll in one class at Arizona State was feeling just as strong of a school pride these past couple of days. Devils Digest caught up with 2014 quarterback pledge, Manny Wilkins, to discuss his recent visit to Tempe.

As the future quarterback at Arizona State, Manny Wilkins was obviously delighted in the Sun Devils' offensive display which included 585 total yards of offense in a 53-24 rout over Washington.

"Coach Norvell told me that the team had a real hard week of practice," Wilkins said, "and the guys were really focused. I knew we were going to win but I didn't expect a blowout. The way Marion Grice ran it really opened up the play action pass. Chris Coyle is a great receiver and everytime you throw him the ball he will catch it. I thought D.J. Foster a real good job too in some spots. The whole team gave a great effort.

"I thought the fans did a great job and the student section was real cool. You can tell that this a team a lot of people want to be part of. Everything is looking good and I can't for the future and what it has for me."

The camaraderie of the football squad is something that the quarterback knew of throughout the recruitment process and even after he gave his commitment, but that aspect naturally took on a whole new meaning during his first game day environment.

As much as Wilkins already had a great sense of familiarity with the Sun Devils, this was one part of his visit that was the biggest eye opener for him.

"Everyone was very welcoming to me and I felt that I was part of the family already," Wilkins described. "When I was in the locker room after the game hearing Coach Graham speak, I just closed my eyes and prayed and pictured myself in pads and in uniform with the team there.

"It's just felt that this is where I should be. I stand by my decision 110 percent and I'm very happy to be part of this family and this program."

With a handful of four and five-star prospects in attendance, this was one of the biggest recruiting weekends ever in recent memory for ASU. Wilkins' efforts' to have other recruits join the ranks have been well documented , and have been taking place for several months now. Seeing some of these recruits face to face this past weekend has obviously kicked the signal caller's actions to even a higher gear.

Wilkins felt that the entire visit experience wasn't only a greatly positive experience for him but also for those players contemplating whether to follow him to Tempe.

"With the performance we had against Washington I have the outmost confidence that those guys know we have something special," Wilkins said. "I might come back on another unofficial (visit) if I can but I'm definitely coming on an official in January closer to signing day to get some of these last minute guys to come here."


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