St Joseph's-Montvale (N.J.) High two-way lineman Kevin Wilkins is generating a lot of interest on the recruiting trail and currently holds offers from Boston College, Connecticut, Rutgers, Temple and Maryland. Wilkins is also receiving interest from Penn State, West Virginia and Michigan State among others.
On Tuesday, the 6-foot-4, 285-pound two-way lineman made his first trip to College Park, Md. The visit was extremely memorable one for Wilkins. "It felt like home," said Wilkins. "It was amazing. The campus is amazing and the coaches seem like they are in sync with everyone."
Wilkins spent the day checking out the campus and talking with some of the Maryland coaches. He enjoyed getting to check out the school's sites with his recruiter, Keith Dudzinski and was blown away with facilities.
"The campus I thought it was awesome," said Wilkins. "The whole thing was beautiful, it was a lot bigger than I thought but everything is in walking distance."
But there was one thing about Maryland's campus that really stood out to Wilkins.
"I am a big guy, I kind of like to eat and so I thought it was so cool [that] there was a grocery store in the middle of campus," said Wilkins. "I have never heard of a school having a grocery store on campus in the middle of campus and so you can go there and walk back to your freshman dorms, I loved that."
"We also met with someone from academic support," said Wilkins. "There is really good academic support and they have the programs I am looking for."
After learning about campus life, the 6-foot-3, 290-pound two-way lineman got a chance to sit in on some meetings and watch the Terps practice.
"I thought it was awesome they really got after it, "said Wilkins. "It might sound cheesy but a couple of kids after practice had a couple of handshakes and you could see they were like a brotherhood like a family. That is the type of feeling I look for when I go to a school."
‘'Right now Maryland is at the top," said Wilkins. "I am not going to lie they are really up there I really enjoyed it today."
Although Wilkins named the Terps as his leader, he said he is not ready to make a decision just yet.
"I will probably make my decision at the end of my senior football season," said Wilkins. "I might wait until after the state championship game or something like that when I figure it all out."
During the offseason, Wilkins plans to squeeze in a few more visits.
‘'I am trying to get to UConn and Penn State, but I am still kind of figuring it out," said Wilkins. "But right now, Maryland is definitely at the top. I had a great visit."
In the meantime, Wilkins is spending the offseason honing his skills and preparing for his senior year with a rigorous workout schedule.
"I am in the gym every single day with a bunch of my teammates," said Wilkins. "I am lifting and working out every single day; just getting ready for the season. "
Wilkins plays both offensive guard and defensive tackle; however he said Maryland is looking at him as an offensive guard. "I was in the offensive meeting room today but I am not really sure if they want me to play on offense or defense in college," said Wilkins. "I think they want me at offensive guard."
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