Wilkerson Has Top Three

San Antonio, Texas is home to running back Jerrell Wilkerson. At 5-7, 170-pounds, he's not the biggest guy on the block, but boy can he run. Wilkerson is having a fine season for his Tom Clark high school team, and he's starting to focus on recruiting. Do the Irish have a good shot at this top prospect?

At 5-7, 170-pounds, Jerrell Wilkerson isn't the biggest guy. What he does do, however, is produce and he's been doing plenty of that so far this season.

Our team is 6-2 right now," Wilkerson said. "I don't know my stats, but I know I have over 1,500 yards and around 30 touchdowns.

Wilkerson has also started to focus more on recruiting.

"I haven't set a visit to Texas yet," he said. "I do have one set for Tennessee on December 10th. I'm also visiting Notre Dame sometime in early January. We're trying to find the right date, but I know I'll be visiting there."

It appears those three schools are the final three for the talented running back.

"I talk to some other schools that want me to visit, but I don't think I can see myself at any other place than these three schools," Wilkerson said.

The speculation has been that Wilkerson is a lock for Texas at this point. We asked him about the rumors.

"I'm here so I go up there a lot," he said. "I'm just trying to make the right decision. If I was sure I was going to Texas, I'd just commit. I'm not close to committing. I want to make sure I make the right decision before committing anywhere."

The Irish have made the final cut for a number of reasons according to Wilkerson.

"I like their tradition," said Wilkerson of Notre Dame. "Somebody like me, who watches football constantly and reads about it, Notre Dame has a lot of tradition.

"I also talked to coach Willingham. He's a real honest guy. We talked about having fun in life, but also taking life serious and your decisions serious. We talked about how big he was on education and how important it was for him to have the right type of people in his program. He's the first coach that I've talked to that really told me a lot about himself and what he expects from you as a player and a person. I really liked his honesty."

We asked Wilkerson if the distance from home would be a negative for both Tennessee and Notre Dame.

With it just being me and my mom, that does stick in my mind somewhat," he said. "But when we first started this, she told me that she didn't want me to base my decision on distance. She didn't want to burden me with that and she said she'd support me no matter where I went."

As for his decision, Wilkerson said the sooner the better for him.

"If I could make it tomorrow, I would," Wilkerson said. "I just need to make sure I'm making the right decision. It would be a big burden off my chest so I hope to make it fairly soon."

Comments: The Irish appear to have a better shot than I thought. He seems to be more open than I thought. We'll check back with Jerrell next week to see if he's scheduled his Notre Dame visit.

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