Todd Wilkinson Update

Hazel Green High School (Huntsville, AL) shortstop Todd Wilkinson, one of the top middle infielders in the state of Alabama, is receiving a lot of interest from colleges. Since July 1st, the first day college coaches could call class of 2011 prospects, Wilkerson has received calls from six colleges.

"Five or six called me - Mississippi State, Tennessee, Citadel, Troy, Samford and UAB," said Wilkinson, who hit 11 home runs in his leadoff spot for Hazel Green High School this past baseball season. "When they talked to me, they said they like my speed, my athleticism and how I play the game, how I'm always after it. They all said they want me to come in as a freshman, play shortstop, start, and hit in their lineup."

As of now, two of the six stand at the top of his list.

"I really like Mississippi State, their facilities and coaches," said the 5-10, 165-pounder. "They were like the first one that started showing interest in me. I also like Tennessee. I like Alabama and Auburn, just not as much as Mississippi State and Tennessee. I haven't been to UAB or Samford."

There is one key reason that Mississippi State and Tennessee currently lead.

"I would like to play in a conference like the SEC," said Wilkinson. "It's a powerhouse that wins the national championship. More eyes are on them than other leagues."

As of now, neither school has offered a scholarship but that could change soon.

"Tennessee said they are going to offer this week, and Mississippi State wants to get me over there before the summer is out and offer then," said the righty. "I am probably going to take a visit to Mississippi State and we are playing at Tennessee, so I'll visit them then."

He anticipates making his college choice known before the end of the year.

"Hopefully, I will make my decision before Christmas," said Wilkinson, who plays his summer ball with the Excel Blue Wave 17u team.

Steve Gendron, who coaches the Excel Blue Wave 17u travel team, noted some things that make Todd Wilkinson such a highly prized prospect.

"He is very, very quick, very fast, and has a really, really good arm," said Gendron. "He is a guy who plays shortstop for us but I don't really know where his position is. He's a very good athlete who might end up being an outfielder in college."

Keep it on Gene's Page to read the latest on this very talented 2011 prospect.

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