On Monday the tailback from St. Benedict at Auburndale High in the Memphis area visited Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers and came away listing Auburn as his favorite.
In fact, the class of 2013 prospect said he is seriously considering a commitment to the Tigers in the not-too-distant future. "I was thinking about committing, honestly," he said, noting that he had a "great time" on the visit that he made with his father and girlfriend.
He pointed out that he wants his mother on board with his college choice, too, so that means he wants to bring her to check out the Auburn campus as soon as possible. "She wants to visit before I make any decisons," the running back said.
"I will probably be giving them (Auburn) a call pretty soon," he said. "I may be taking a couple of visits, but Auburn is my top school right now. I really enjoyed it."
A finalist for a Tennessee Mr. Football award last season when he rushed for 1,546 yards with 25 touchdowns, he is considered the top running back prospect in his state this year.
Last fall he played at 6-1, 197 pounds. He said he is up to 210 pounds and has not only been able to keep his speed, he has gotten faster. "I ran a 4.41 at a recent combine," he said. "I am working on a lot of speed stuff now."
Wilkins said he hit it off with the Auburn coaching staff on his visit on Monday, his first trip to the AU campus, which he said was better than any other visit he has made.
"Everybody seems like family," he said of Auburn. "When you are playing for Auburn that is big, too. It is in the SEC and not too far from home. That and close relationships with the coaches are what I am looking for...Then they said I will have a chance for early playing time."
The running back said that AU's coaches made it very clear to him that they consider him an important recruit.
Wilkins said he spent time with running backs coach Curtis Luper, who told him what plans Auburn has for him as a player. The prospect also met with head coach Gene Chizik. He said most of their talk was about other items. "We didn't talk too much about football, we just talked about the plan to graduate and all of that. Then we talked about family stuff and getting back to Auburn."
The running back said he might take one more recruiting visit to Michigan. "After that, I might shut it down and make my decision from there," he said.
Wilkins, who plans to take the ACT next week, said he makes A's and B's in high school. He noted he is not planning to graduate early from high school, but does plan to enroll in summer school at the college of his choice for a head start on his freshman season.
Asked about his style as a running back, he said, "I like to get outside and outrun you and put a move on you just as much as I like to run over you--thatever it comes down to."
His high school team runs a variety of formations and he is effective in all of them. He said he prefers to play tailback in the "I" formation.
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