Greg Wilkerson, a 6-3, 230-pound, 4.6 linebacker from Bowdon, Ga., High, says that he will sign with the Tigers in February. However, it will be a sign-to-place situation with the four-year high school starter expected to begin his collegiate playing days in the junior college ranks.
His high school coach, Dwight Hochstellar, says that Wilkerson's academic situation with his core classes will require a juco start. Despite that, many colleges such as Georgia, Alabama, Boston College and Michigan State were recruiting the inside linebacker. "We have had a lot of junior college coaches tell us they are interested in signing him," adds Hochstellar, who says that Wilkerson will probably head to the juco ranks in Mississippi next fall.
A three-sport standout in football, basketball and track, Hochstellar says that Wilkerson caught the eyes of the Auburn coaching staff at a summer football camp. "There were several hundred prospects at the camp and Greg was one of the best players there," Hochstellar notes.
Despite his academic shortcomings, the Wilkerson is a smart football player, his coach says. "He is a quiet kid who leads by example. He is a player who doesn't make many mistakes and when he does make a mistake he seldom makes the same one twice. He is like having a coach out there on the field with the defense."
As the leading tackler for the past two seasons, he has led Bowdon to the Class A state quarter-finals and second round the past two seasons.
Tiger Ticket Extra: The big linebacker runs the 40 in the 4.6 range, but where he really stands out is in the weight room with a 420-pound bench press. Unfortunately for Wilkerson and his team, this has been a tough senior season. Bowdon is off to a 2-3 start and Wilkerson has struggled, too. He missed two games with a serious deep thigh bruise and had to leave the game early last week because of the problem. Bowdon has this week off and hopes to get its star player back to 100 percent as soon as possible.