Wilkins Trying To Understand UA-Texas Rivalry

FAYETTEVILLE -- Brookshire (Texas) Royal standout Torian Wilkins doesn't have much concept of how intense the Arkansas-Texas rivalry is yet.

But he's already trying to get himself indoctrinated into it, playing EA Sports' NCAA Football 2006.

"I usually wind up playing Arkansas against Texas," Wilkins said.

Wilkins is one of now 21 players --including one mid-term signee --committed to joining the Razorbacks once the signing period opens Wednesday.

For now, Wilkins is enjoying his final months of high-school life, concentrating on getting ready for track season for the time being.

Wilkins will run the 400-meter relay, 800-meter relay and the 100-meter dash for Brookshire Royal.

He has dabbled in other sports, playing basketball his first two years of high school and giving powerlifting a try last year, but has stuck with football and track.

"I just wanted to play basketball because my brother was on the team," Wilkins said. "Once he was gone, there wasn't much more reason to play."

His brother, Ernest, is one of the reasons he ended up at Arkansas. Ernest lives in Fayetteville, close to Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

He received interest from TCU, Utah and Texas-El Paso before picking the Razorbacks.

Wilkins has been keeping track of the Razorbacks' recruiting efforts from afar, checking out statistics from Arkansas' most recent recruits on the Internet.

A running back in high school, Wilkins will likely play only on defense --at cornerback -- for the Razorbacks.

He ran for 2,046 yards and 27 touchdowns last season.

Wilkins currently is tied for the best 40 time among the commits, clocking in at 4.4 seconds. North Dakota State College of Sciences safety John West, the lone mid-term signee, has also been clocked at 4.4

When he committed, Wilkins said the draw of playing in the Southeastern Conference was a big reason he picked Arkansas, even though the other three schools had told him he'd have a chance to play running back.

Wilkins has talked to Arkansas assistant Chris Vaughn about once a week since his preseason commitment.

"I'm ready to graduate," Wilkins said.

He could be among the first to sign with the Razorbacks, as he plans on an early morning signing, likely at 9 a.m.

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