2012 Intro: Darius Wilkins

APEX, N.C. --- Inside Carolina profiles junior Darius Wilkins, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound defensive from Middle Creek High School.

Scouting Report

"He does a good job of keeping leverage, does a great job with his hands, and then when he has a chance to rush the passer he has good speed to get to the quarterback," Middle Creek head coach Sean Crocker said. "He's been an impact player for us the last two years. He does a great job of making sure his assignment is taken care of before he releases or makes his move so he doesn't get caught rushing the quarterback and they sneak something past him. But once he gets that initial read, he's very hard to block coming off the edge."

Prep Career

This past season, his second starting on varsity, Wilkins had two game-changing touchdowns.

"One was a game winning score against Southern Durham," Crocker said. "… There was a fumble and a lot of guys would have fallen on the ball. He had the presence of mind to scoop and take it in 40 yards for a score.

"Another, he sniffed out a screen play against Fuquay-Varina. They invited him in [to the pocket] with too easy of a path. He broke down, saw what was coming, stepped back with his leaping ability, snagged it, and ran about 20 yards for a touchdown. He put us in that game and gave us a chance to win it."

Besides the two scores, Wilkins recorded 103 tackles, ten sacks, and three forced fumbles in 2010.

"We ask him to protect the edge," Crocker said. "We don't want anybody to be able to get by us. We don't crash down a whole lot inside there. He's responsible for not letting anybody outside of him. "

Wilkins' stats are even more impressive when you consider that he played the entire season with a torn labrum.

"He [tore] it sometime during his sophomore year," Crocker said. "I don't know if it was during football or basketball – probably a combination of both… He was actually at UNC last summer at a camp and [his shoulder] came out of place. They got it back in and he finished the camp. He went to the doctor and he said [Wilkins] needed surgery, but that it could wait until after the season."


Wilkins is receiving the most attention from Clemson, Duke, North Carolina, NC State, South Carolina, and Wake Forest.

Thus far this spring, Wilkins has attended junior days at Duke, NC State, and South Carolina. He was invited to Wake Forest's Junior Day, but it was the same day as South Carolina's. He plans to attend UNC's Junior Day in March.

This summer, Wilkins is considering attending one-day camps at the six aforementioned schools.

Although still early in his recruitment, Wilkins has developed a favorite school – Clemson.

"I just like the football program and how they play down there," Wilkins said.

Extra Notes

Wilkins grew up a UNC fan… His mother is an East Carolina alum… Wilkins' shoulder surgery prevented him from playing basketball this season.

Video provided by Jason Pughe of AthleteVault.com.

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