Rebel QB commit talks about season opener

The 6-4, 220-pound quarterback from Orlando, FL made a name for himself when he passed for over 1, 600 yards and 18 TD's as a junior for Dr. Phillips High School.

Chris Wilkes led his team to the second round of the Florida 6-A playoffs, but that was the past and now is the present.

"We had a tough loss Friday," added the well spoken Chris Wilkes. "We played the #4 ranked team in Florida, Edgewater, and we were ranked #6. They beat us 21-14."

It was a battle of two of the top teams in the Sunshine state and neither team gave in an inch.

"We opened up with a 80 yard TD drive in the first quarter. That put us up 7-0. The defenses really tightened up, and nobody scored the rest of the half. We had a big pass to get down to their 30 right before half, but we got our field goal blocked. Then we had a three and out to start the third quarter and they scored on their next two possessions. Embry Peeples, who is committed to Georgia Tech and is our starting tailback, took it 88 yards to tie the game at 14-14. We kicked it off in a pooch style, and they returned it back to our 30. They ran a reverse to the two yard line and scored on the next play. We got the ball back with three minutes left down by seven. We were really clicking. We started on our own 20 and made four or five straight first downs, and then they stopped us on 4th down and took a knee. It was tough."

What did the Ole Miss commit learn about himself from that game?

"That the other team is not going to give it to us, and that they will keep fighting for the win all way until the horn sounds. This was a big first game. I think our offensive linemen were nervous because we have four new starters. I should have kept them under control better. That is what I am going to take away from this game."

What did Chris feel like he did well during the game?

"Just keeping the drive alive. I had a couple of big 3rd down conversions. I made some good passes and runs to keep the drive going. I think I was 6-10 for 180 yards with 46 rushing yards. Embry had over 280 rushing yards for us in the game. We are going to do what ever is hot, what ever is working that night. That is what we will do."

Although Wilkes remains solid with his commitment, that has not stopped competing schools from trying to change his mind.

"I got some calls Saturday from Miami, Georgia Tech, Oregon, Colorado, you know, the same schools that are hoping to change my mind."

What did Wilkes have to say?

"I just told them that I appreciated their interest in me, but I am set on Ole Miss. They just basically told me to keep them in mind if anything changes."

Chris has scheduled an official visit with Ole Miss for the Florida weekend.

Special Note

Chris' team will play a Byrnes (South Carolina) on Fox Sports South this Friday from 6:00 pm through 9:00 pm.

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