Since he arrived in Fayetteville for the first time on Tuesday, Torian Wilkins has had a great view of a place which could be his college football home.
That's because Wilkins (5-11, 185, 4.4), a standout running back/defensive back at Brookshire (Texas) Royal, has been staying with his brother Ernest, who lives right across from Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
"It's been nice being able to see the stadium," Wilkins said. "They took me on a tour yesterday and showed me around and I really liked everything. I really like the weight room and the stadium."
Wilkins, who rushed for 2,046 yards and 27 touchdowns last season, is being recruited by Arkansas, UTEP, Utah and TCU.
"First, I want to go somewhere that I can get an education because football might not always be there," Wilkins said. "I also would like to go somewhere where I can start out playing running back."
The Razorbacks, who also have Houston Yates standout Orie Lemon on campus right now, are the leader in the clubhouse with UA assistant Chris Vaughn heading up Wilkins' recruitment.
"Arkansas is number one right now," Wilkins said. "I really like what I have found here. I met him (Vaughn) back in May when they were able to make contact. He is a pretty cool guy that I enjoy being around."
Utah had the most successful past season of the teams recruiting him, but Wilkins is fond of the SEC.
"I like the SEC," Wilkins said. "I want to play there because of the competition. I can really see myself playing in the SEC."
He believes he has the ability to play in the SEC.
"I think my strengths are probably my vision, my quickness and my ability to cut," Wilkins said. "I don't know my weakness, but I am always trying to get better at everything."
Brookshire Royal, which is located about seven miles from Houston, went 13-1 last season and rolled early in the playoffs with a 35-20 win over Little River Academy, a 55-6 bombing of Geronimo Navarro and a 67-15 rout over Van Vleck.
The Falcons' run ended when they fell to Newton 49-12 in the semifinals, but with eight starters back on both offense and defense they are the favorite to win the District 26 2A championship once again and go deep into the playoffs again.
"I feel real good about our shot to go all the way," Wilkins said. "We've got a lot of good players coming back."
It wouldn't be surprising if Wilkins commits before he leaves campus this weekend, but he also is going to make sure before making the call.
"I guess whenever I am ready," Wilkins said. "We'll just have to see when that is."
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