Four-Star Running Back Chooses Tigers

Four-star running back Jordan Wilkins made his decision on Wednesday, committing to the Auburn Tigers.

Cordova, Tenn.—The Auburn Tigers continued their roll on the recruiting trail Wednesday morning as four-star running back prospect Jordan Wilkins from St. Benedict became the 17th commitment for the 2013 recruiting class when he chose Gene Chizik's program over Vanderbilt and Tennessee.

"Really it was a comfort thing," Wilkins said of his decision. "I felt really comfortable at Auburn and the coaching staff. I'm really close with all of them.

"I talk to them day in and day out and they are the coaches I want to play for," he said. "They are players' coaches, too. They're not just going to be your coach, but they are going to jump around and be excited with you. I really like that. Just knowing what Auburn is about, I feel like we are going to get to a national championship pretty soon with that team. That's what I'm looking for.

"Honestly, the first time I went to Auburn I got the vibe for it," he added of why he chose the Tigers. "I felt like it was where I wanted to go. I kept it inside for a little while until I knew it was where I wanted to be. I felt comfortable there. I felt like it was a good school for me. It was far enough away, but not too far away. I feel like I have a chance to come and play early."

In addition to his top three Wilkins had offers from all over the country including Alabama, Arkansas, Michigan, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. He is considered the top running back prospect in Tennessee this year.

A finalist for Tennessee's Mr. Football, Wilkins had a huge junior season. Averaging just under 20 carries per game, the 6-1, 210-pounder rushed for 1,546 yards and scored 22 touchdowns in 2011.

One of the biggest reasons Wilkins had for choosing Auburn was relationships he's built with the coaching staff, including new offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler.

"It was big because my high school coaches right now, I'm really close with all of them," Wilkins said. "They are like my brothers. Now to have college coaches that I trust and that I can talk to about anything, that really means a lot. That was a big factor in my decision."

With still several months before he gets to sign on the dotted line, Wilkins said that while he could continue to look around he feels like his recruiting is done and he's very happy with his decision.

"I think I'm done," Wilkins said. "When I commit I'm solid to that school."

Wilkins joins five-star linebacker Reuben Foster as Auburn's most recent commitments and is the first running back in this year's class. He is just the fifth commitment on the offensive side of the ball in this class along with quarterbacks Jeremy Johnson and Jason Smith, wide receiver Earnest Robinson, and tight end A.J. Jackson.

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