Talented CB Gives Commitment To Baylor

The way he performed at the Scout.com combine opened eyes. It was no surprise that he was named to the All-Combine team from the Scout.com combine held in Valley Ranch in March. Now, he has ended his recruitment by giving his verbal pledge to the Baylor Bears.

At 5-7.5 and weighing 160 pounds, South Oak Cliff corner back Kydarian Wilkins realizes what he has to overcome everytime he sets foot on the field. Wilkins doesn't let it get to him, as his 36" vertical makes up for what he lacks in height.

Wilkins committed to the Baylor Bears, giving Baylor 5 commitments on the year. So why did The captain of the South Oak Cliff team commit to Guy Morriss' Baylor Bears?

"Baylor is close to home. When I went down to Baylor, they showed me some love, and they were interested in me. One thing is that they know I am only 5-7, but they like my jumping ability. They were willing to take a chance and offer a scholarship to me because of my height considering what position I play."

Other schools made Wilkins feel a little un-easy about his height, and explains that Baylor was definitely the best opportunity.
"Baylor said they like my leadership, and my jumping ability. All the other coaches, they really didn't talk to me like the Baylor coaches did."

Wilkins was once recruited my former Baylor defensive back coach Wesley McGriff, but it was newly hired defensive backs coach, Clay Jennings, that built a relationship with the prep star.

"Coach McGriff really liked me the most. But then, Coach Jennings got the defensive backs coaching job at Baylor. He comes from the University of Houston, and he is just really cool."

Wilkins is friends with Baylor basketball player Kevin Rogers, a one time South Oak Cliff High School studnt. Wilkins talks about how much his friendship with Kevin Rogers affected his decision.

"It affects it a lot. Everytime he comes down here I always hang out with him. He is always telling me that one good thing about Baylor is that it is not a hip-hop school or nothing like that, and it is quiet down there in Waco. So when you go down there you are just going to be focused on what you are there to do."

Wilkins explains that he looks up to defensive back Champ Bailey. Wilkins explains that he treis to use physical play and speed like the NFL star does to make things happen on the field.

"I am a real physical corner, because I like to press. This summer, I am working on playing 7 yards or 5 yards off the line. So, I am switching up and working on how I am going to play."

Wilkins faced some of the best wide receivers in the state of Texas when he participated in one on one drills at the Scout.com combine in March. Wilkins talks a little bit about what he saw and what he got out of it.

"It was real fun. I learned what I really need to do, what I need to work on or practice on. I covered guys that were taller than me, my height, stronger, and faster. It was real fun to experience playing against guys from all over the country."

Wilkins is now in the fold at Baylor and will look to have another solid year at South Oak Cliff High School. Stay tuned to BearsIllustrated.com for all the latest.

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