UVa Pledge Sets UNC Official

Virginia verbal commitment Donta Wilkins has scheduled an official visit to North Carolina.

"I'll be up there Jan. 11," Wilkins said. "That was the weekend that was free for both of us.

"I just want to get down there to see what a great place it is and see what they have to offer."

Wilkins, a 6-foot-2, 300-pound defensive tackle from Dumfries (Va.) Potomac, had expressed an interest in UNC earlier in the recruiting process, but verbally committed to Virginia in June without a Chapel Hill visit. Before committing, he was able to travel to Maryland and Virginia Tech, though.

"I want to see what I'm missing out on, because I'm going to miss out on something if I choose UNC or if I choose UVa," Wilkins said. "I just want to see what opportunity UNC has. I just want to see what everybody has to offer."

Wilkins is scheduled to officially visit Virginia the weekend following his UNC official trip. He says UVa and UNC are the only schools he's considering.

"[UNC] has always been a top choice on my list," Wilkins said. "I've always liked it. My family is from North Carolina. I decided I needed to get down there to see the place and see if I can see myself playing there."

Wilkins has family sprinkled throughout the Carolinas, primarily in the Charlotte area.

Following his Virginia commitment, UNC stopped contacting Wilkins. Wilkins opened that line of communication back up within the last month with a phone call to Walt Bell, who recruits that area of the Old Dominion State.

"I reached out to [Bell]," Wilkins said. "I told him I was still interested and he immediately started talking to me, again.

"It's a growing relationship right now. Day-by-day, I talk to him here and there. I plan on talking to him [on Thursday]. "

The reunion came at the perfect time for UNC. It had just lost a commitment from Jarran Reed, a JuCo defensive tackle.

"[Bell] said that he needed someone who could come play for him right now," Wilkins said. "And he thinks that it could be me."

Meanwhile, Virginia recently made massive changes to its coaching staff.

"My D-line coach was let go and my defensive coordinator [was let go and] I had a really good relationship with him," Wilkins said. "I loved [UVa's] defensive coordinator – he's a great guy.

"I know college football is a business, also. So jobs aren't promised. It happens to everybody. Hopefully they replace those two great guys with two great guys. It's going to be tough, but I want to see what they're going to get."

From a team point of view, Potomac was solid, going 6-5 and reaching the second round of the VHSL 5A playoffs. Individually, though, Wilkins had one of the best seasons a lineman has had in the state. He made first team all-district and all-region on both sides of the ball, and was the first lineman to be named the Cardinal Conference's Player of the Year on both offense and defense. He ended the season with 100 tackles, including 25 for a loss and a dozen sacks.

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