Wilkins said he doesn't hold any favorites out of the schools interested in him. Grateful for the opportunity to be contacted by several FBS programs, he has been letting his actions speak for him.
"I think I've done a good job as a recruit in not doing too much to get people to talk to me, but in letting schools notice me for my actions on the field and my actions in the classroom," Wilkins said.
As a dual threat quarterback, a school like Oregon is an attractive option for Wilkins, who called it "a great fit". Former Ducks head coach Chip Kelly liked what he saw from the four-star athlete when he camped at Oregon last year, and he's been in contact with new head coach Mark Helfrich and offensive coordinator Scott Frost.
"They definitely like my leadership qualities," Wilkins said. "Being able to sling the ball is another thing they said they liked about me and, especially since it's Oregon, I have the feet to get out and run."
Wilkins thrived at the camp last season and took home camp MVP at quarterback, which he attributed to chemistry.
"I had a very fast way of connecting with the guys that I was playing with," Wilkins said. "As a quarterback, I feel you have to have that kind of chemistry and you have to build it fast."
Wilkins said he may return to Oregon's camp this year but he would have to fit it around a busy schedule that includes an appearance at the Q90 camp at UCLA. He also hopes to make it to the finals at The Opening and Elite 11, and just recently finished quarterbacking the DB GURU squad at the Elite 7on7 in Las Vegas, where he was named to Scout.com's All-Offensive Team.
To get prepared for the busy offseason, Wilkins has been lifting to add to his 6-foot-3, 185-pound frame, and works out weekly with Bay Area quarterback guru and former Cal head coach Roger Theder, whom he credited with being instrumental in his growth as a player.
"I've been going to him since the end of my freshman year and he's worked wonders for me," Wilkins said. "I wouldn't have my offers with him."
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