Scrimmage Impresses Wilkins

Shelby (NC) Crest star Reggie Wilkins is one of the most versatile prospects in the 2010 in-state class, but he will be playing just one position this fal.

Shelby (NC) Crest star Reggie Wilkins is one of the most versatile prospects in the 2010 in-state class, but he will be playing just one position this fall.

"I'm only playing quarterback this year," said Wilkins. "I think we're going to be real good... especially on defense because we are young and fast. Our defense is going to be real good.

"We have our first scrimmage [today] against Lincolnton. I can't wait to play in it."

The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder is currently ranked the No. 81 cornerback in the country by and will play either on the defensive side or slotback in college. Does he have a preference?

"Not really," answered Wilkins. "When I get to college I'll probably play slot receiver. I wouldn't mind playing corner though... maybe I could play both sides of the ball. I know I'll also be doing some kick returns and punt returns.

"The colleges mainly like me for offense. Carolina wants me to play offense. They tell me I can do some kick returns and punt returns. State wants me for offense... they said I can try to play both sides of the ball if I went there."

Wilkins hold several offers, and the latest came from his childhood favorite: North Carolina.

"I've got offers now from North Carolina, NC State, Clemson, Colorado, Louisville, Marshall, and East Carolina," said Wilkins. "Carolina just offered me. It took a while for them to offer me because they wanted to see my academics improve. When I got that up they stepped up and offered me. It made me feel good because it meant I got my grades up and stuff."

Wilkins most recent trip was to NC State. He traveled to Raleigh on Sunday to watch the Wolfpack's first scrimmage of fall camp.

"I just got back from NC State on Sunday," said Wilkins. "One of the main things was my guardian got to meet with the coaches. They wanted us up there for that and to see the scrimmage.

"I got a chance to spend time with a teammate of mine, Dwayne Maddox. I played with him at Shelby and got to talk with him a lot while I was up there... I mainly hung out with him and the linebackers."

What did Wilkins think of the scrimmage?

"I think State looks real good," he said. "Their defense is looking strong this year. The thing that stood out to me was how their corners were making a lot of plays.

"Obviously on offense the quarterbacks looked good. Their offense was moving the ball, but I thought the defense was doing a good job of stopping them."

Heading up his recruitment for NC State is linebackers coach Andy McCollum. The third-year assistant landed Maddox out of Shelby a couple of years ago.

"Coach McCollum is an exciting guy," said Wilkins. "I like him a lot. He's always jumping around and excited... he's a fun coach to be around."

Wilkins will visit another ACC program this weekend.

"I'm going to Carolina on Sunday," he said. "They want me up there so they can talk to my brother. He's my guardian so he's helping me with my recruiting."

Is there a leader?

"Nah, it's between NC State and Carolina right now," said Wilkins. "Colorado is in third."

Most believed Wilkins was a done deal for North Carolina as soon as the Tar Heels offered a scholarship, but he indicated that NC State's early persistence has kept them in the mix.

"State has been recruiting me hard since my 10th grade year," said Wilkins. "It shows me they are really interested in me.

"I'm going to probably wait until after the official visits and then I'll make my decision."

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