'I feel I can beat out who ever I have to'

The 6-4, 220-pound quarterback from Orlando, FL surprised many when he choose the Rebels over one of his home state colleges in Miami and many more of the top programs around the country who had offered in Georgia Tech, Colorado, Nebraska, Oregon, Wisconsin, Arizona State, and many more.

"I hear it all of the time from some people back home," added Chris Wilkes. "I just wanted to be in a college town. I visited Athens and liked Georgia, and I heard Ole Miss was a very similar town. If it is anything like Athens, I will love it."

There was also another big attraction that the Rebels presented.

"I wanted a chance to play my freshman year. I will be behind a couple of the other guys who are in the system right now, but I feel like I can beat out who ever I have to. I could have gone to a bigger school like Miami, but the SEC is the best conference in the country."

Although Chris has yet to visit the Oxford campus, he has plans to attend a game at Ole Miss against another home state university.

"Me and Coach Werner talked about my official visit, and I am going to take it for the Florida game. That is also my bye week, so it fits perfectly. There will probably not be a bigger game or crowd all year than that one. I just can not wait to get over there and see what it is all about. I have heard so much about their campus and facilities."

There is also one more thing that Chris has heard about Ole Miss.

"I hear they have the best looking girls in the country (laugh). That never hurts."

Although Chris is solid with his commitment, he continues to hear from competing schools.

"They have not stopped. I am still hearing from the schools who offered me all of the time. They were texting me until the NCAA took that away, so they just pretty much email me everyday now. Miami, Georgia Tech, Colorado, Oregon, just pretty much the same ones who offered me, are still on me real hard. But I am solid with my commitment, and I am not one of those guys who goes back on their word. I wanted to get this over with before my season started so I could stay focused. I just tell them that I appreciate their interest, but I am going to Ole Miss."

As a junior at Dr. Phillips High School, Wilkes threw for 1,600 yards and 18 TDs in leading his squad to the second round of the Florida 6-A playoffs. For his efforts, he was named All-District and All-Central Florida.

He is looking for an even bigger senior season.

"Going into my senior season, I feel I am fine, but I can always get better. We were a run dominated offense last year, but I think we are going to open it up a little more. We are starting to pull together as a team. If we can stay as one, we can not be stopped."

What are his personal goals for his senior campaign?

"I want to get stronger and faster. I can throw the deep ball as good as anyone, but I need to work on my short reads and getting the ball more to our two playmakers, our two running backs. I am working with two running backs that are as good as anyone in the state. They make things happen with their legs. We are going to put them more in the slot and make things happen in open spaces for them."

If Chris were to describe his game; what would it be?

"They have me labeled as a duel threat, but I am not that fast. I can stand tall in the pocket and throw it down field, but I do have good enough feet to get out of the pocket and avoid the pressure. I am balanced. I can throw and run, but I am more of a true pocket passer than anything else."


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