CSDTV: Golden Again
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- For the second time this spring, Novato (Calif.) San Marin quarterback Manny Wilkins took home a Golden Gun accuracy jersey from an Elite 11 regional, following up an uneven performance in Dallas, Tex., with a superlative afternoon at the San Francisco 49ers training facility on Friday, but he still has yet to pull down an invitation to the Elite 11 finals in Redondo Beach, Calif.
"I think coach [Trent] Dilfer and the staff know exactly what they're doing, and it could be just them trying to reach deep down inside for some of the kids out here, like myself, to get in their heads and make them know that it's not easy to get this invite," Wilkins said. "It's something special. It's not something you should take for granted. You want to come out here and compete and be yourself."
Wilkins was most certainly his affable self, shrugging off a flub during the Pressure Cooker to conclude the event to finish off a solid two-minute drill.
"It's a whole-day thing; I had a little slip up here in the Pressure Cooker, with the ball slipping out of my hand, but with me, I just laugh about it," Wilkins said. "It's something that's funny. I think one of the good things is that I didn't let that get into my head. I didn't sit there and just choke the rest of the way. I went out there, laughed about it and completed the course."
Wilkins was on the mark for the entire session, showing effortless velocity and a smooth, compact release, particularly on the run.
"There's always room for improvement, and I'm just going to look forward to coming out Sunday and competing also with some of the top guys," Wilkins said.
Wilkins looks forward to Sunday's NFTC event at Laney College as another shot to prove that he belongs, but isn't dwelling on that being his last shot at the finals.
"I'm not in coach Dilfer's mind, I'm not in the staff's mind; They'll do what they think is best," Wilkins said. "I want it, so I'm going to go get it and I'm going to try my hardest to get it. At the end, if I don't get it, then I know I tried my hardest and I competed."
This past week, UC Davis, Cal Poly, San Diego State and Wyoming came by to watch Wilkins throw on campus, and he expects even more schools to swing by once spring ball starts next week.
"I think it's going to be another exciting end to the spring evaluation, so I'm just looking forward to it," Wilkins said.
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