Wilkins Slowing Things Down

St Joseph's-Montvale (N.J.) High two-way lineman Kevin Wilkins has been high on the Terps since his visit to College Park this spring; but are things changing? Wilkins discussed the latest in his recruitment, plus the change in his timeline for a decision…

St Joseph's-Montvale (N.J.) High three-star prospect Kevin Wilkins originally hoped to make his college decision before his senior year, but now the two-way lineman is making some changes to his recruiting timeline.

"My main thinking is I don't want to be focusing on where I want to go to school and have it effect me during the football season," Wilkins said. "I think waiting is just the best decision for me because when a kid verbally commits I don't think any of the colleges stop trying to get that kid so I just want to get through the season and worry about it after because there will still be a couple of months before signing day so I think that I can really focus on it."

The 6-foot-3, 280-pound lineman will have limited time to visit colleges this summer because of the Green Knight's heavy practice schedule as well as an extended school year (to make up for time missed during Hurricane Sandy).

"I start minicamp Monday so I am going to be very busy," Wilkins said. "I am not going to have time to go on visits or anything because it all kind of depends on how my coaches feel. I know they are pretty strict about us missing workouts and stuff."

Before Wilkins starts minicamp he will manage to squeeze in a visit to Rutgers.

"It just happened to be convenient that we aren't doing anything this weekend so I am able to go to Rutgers. They want me to do one-on-ones so their coaches can look at me and evaluate me," said Wilkins, who holds offers from Rutgers, Maryland, UConn, and BC among others. "They said I am a pretty high priority for them so they want to see how I can do on defense."

Wilkins said he probably won't make it down to College Park this summer, but the Terps still remain high on his list.

"I keep in touch with Maryland a lot, I actually just spoke with Coach Dudzinski today he is great," said Wilkins, who previously named Maryland and Connecticut his top two schools. "I am definitely going to take one of my official visits there so they will definitely be in it."

The Green Knights lineman said right now his top five schools are: Maryland, Connecticut, Rutgers, Boston College and Michigan State, who Wilkins said could be close to offering him as a defensive tackle.

The Spartans are considering Wilkins as a defense tackle, but most colleges are looking at him on the offensive line. While Wilkins has attracted attention for his skills on offense he actually prefers the other side of the ball.

"I haven't figured out what I want to do yet with college because I have played defense my entire life until I got to high school and they moved me to offense," said Wilkins, who is primarily being recruited as an offensive lineman. "This year I am going both ways and personally, I think I am better at defense because I am more aggressive. I really want to play defense in college but right now it looks like I am going to be a center or guard in college.

Wilkins added, "I don't really enjoy blocking people but I will work hard and play whatever my coaches want me to play to the best of my ability.

For now, Wilkins remains focused on finishing the year strong.

"I am focusing on one thing at a time. Right now, I am focused on my grades and once that is squared away I will get focused on the summer, like lifting and doing extra classes to boost my GPA so my SAT and ACT scores don't have to be so high."

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