2008 Focus: Darnell Wilks

There's a new name to follow on the national radar. Darnell Wilks out of Tennessee has himself a high-major offer in his back pocked and his coach says the 6-foot-8 power forward is progressing nicely.

Last season at Cape Girardeau in Missouri, power forward Darnell Wilks accounted for 19 points and 10 rebounds a game. The big man has changed venues and is enrolled at Whites Creek (Tenn.) Pioneer Christian and is now a member of the Class of 2008.

According to Carl Reed, Wilks' (6-foot-8, 220) new coach, things are picking up for his player. "His recruitment is going real well. Cincinnati is on him hard. UTEP is all over him. They both offered. They're the frontrunners right now and they'll be tough to beat out."

Next week, Auburn and Tennessee will be on campus evaluating Wilks. Reed said the summer did wonders for getting his player's name out there, which in turn has led to scholarship offers.

"He's a big time player and big time schools are recruiting him. He's got to get his academics up and that's why he's here. Pretty much every SEC school has inquired about him. He will qualify.

Scout.com caught Wilks early last spring and figured him to be recruited at the very least on the mid-major level but his recruitment accelerated as the summer raged on.

"When Mick Cronin and Larry Davis saw him this summer and offered," Reed said.

"He's a tremendous athlete. He's a freak athlete. He's got a 43-inch vertical leap. Sometimes lost in his athleticism is his ability to shoot the mid-range jumper and he handles it very well."

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