After visiting Ann Arbor two weeks ago for the Barbeque at the Big House, Kenny Wilkins talked glowingly about the Maize & Blue. He was so impressed that many were left wondering why he didn't add his name to Michigan's commitment list. The truth is he had. With the news of his commitment now out, he admits to making his decision that day.
"Before leaving, I kind of tipped the coaches off with the good news," said Wilkins. "I told Coach Rodriguez first, and then he took me over to the assistants where I shared the news with them. Everybody was happy, and Coach Rodriguez welcomed me to the family. I knew right then that I had made the right decision."
The Wolverines have long been the favorite to land Wilkins services, but a last minute venture to the hometown team created a bit of uneasiness.
"I went to Pittsburgh on Sunday for unofficial visit," reported Wilkins. "It was something I had already promised them. The visit actually went pretty good and they tried to sway my decision, but I just had to go with Michigan. I called them this morning to let them know my final decision."
While it's clear that his other suitors were excellent options as well, his feelings for the Wolverines were too hard to shake.
"This is a dream come true," Wilkins exclaimed! I've always wanted to go to Michigan. They were my favorite team growing up. Now I'm going there."
The Michigan program has been attacked by outsiders for lacking "family values. Wilkins feels otherwise.
"One of things I've been looking for is a family atmosphere, and Michigan definitely has that," he said. "They have great coaches who are hard on you when they need to be."
The four star prospect also applauds the work done by Tony Gibson, the man in charge of recruiting and other Pennsylvania prospects.
"Coach Gibson has been so great to me. He has really shown me everything that Michigan has to offer. He has taken me on tours everything. I know a lot because of him."
With his decision now out the way, Wilkins plans to recruit other players to Michigan.
"I know Jordan Paskorz, but I also know this kid named Cullen Christian from Penn Hills," he stated. "We met awhile ago at a couple camps. When I talked to him back then, he was considering Michigan real hard. I'll be getting in contact with him and some other players to see if we can build a Steel City Connection."