Wilkins staying patient

Arizona was the first school to offer Manny Wilkins, but he could be on the verge of many more. Read on to see how he is handling the process, what he thinks of Arizona, and more.

One of the fastest rising quarterbacks on the west coast is San Marin (Calif.) junior Manny Wilkins.

Wilkins, who is currently playing basketball for his high school team, is doing whatever possible to gain recruiters' attention.

"I plan on participating in the quarterback camps and some school camps," Wilkins said. "I'm going to UCLA's quarterback camp and I'm just trying to show coaches there what I can do and how much I've improved."

Wilkins may want to show what he has to other schools, but Arizona is already impressed with what he has to offer.

"I just got my first offer and it was from Arizona," he said. "I've been talking with the coaches for a long time, but the other day Coach Rodriguez called and told me he'd love for me to become a Wildcat.

"It was an unreal feeling because my dream of playing college football is one step closer."

One of the main pitches that Rodriguez has is that Wilkins would thrive in Arizona's system.

"He told me he felt I fit in well in his system," Wilkins said. "He likes that I'm versatile and after watching my film he wants me to get down there so he can see me in person.

"I honestly don't know where I will end up, but Arizona holds a special place with me because they were my first offer."

Expect Wilkins to receive more recruiting attention in the following months.

"Right after Arizona offered me Utah State offered me," Wilkins said. "I don't want to jinx myself, but I think if I continue to work hard I will get more offers.

"I've been hearing from most of the Pac-12 and a lot of west coast schools."

As Wilkins goes through the process, he has a good idea of what he will be looking for in a school.

"Athletics and academics will play a big role in my decision," Wilkins said. "Other than that, I'm just looking for a place where the coaching staff pushes a family environment and where the guys get along.

"I'm not concerned with who is on the roster because I know wherever I go I will have to compete against some good players."


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