Wilkerson in Tune With Penn State

Penn State is in the mix for three-star DE Brent Wilkerson. The Hyattsville, Md., standout tells Fight On State what he looks for in a college and something you might not guess about him.

Brent Wilkerson has 16 offers from heavy-hitting schools all over the country. The latest came Tuesday from Iowa. Penn State was lucky number nine a few weeks ago.

"All the schools are pretty even," said Wilkerson of his favorites. "But the schools that stick out the most are Rutgers, Michigan and Penn State because they have been talking to me the longest – and they have been on me the most."

That's not the only thing Wilkerson likes about the Lions.

"The tradition, the fans and the stadium attract me the most," Wilkerson said. "That stadium is huge and the fans are crazy."

Wilkerson has visited PSU once already and has plans to take part in a Junior Day March 26.

"I've seen the campus and other stuff like that," Wilkerson said. "I am looking forward to interacting with the coaches and seeing what they have to offer academically because I already know they are a good football school."

Of primary interest to Wilkerson when he checked out the Lions? The school's graduation rate.

"Academics is the first thing I look into," Wilkerson said. "I know how valuable the diploma is, and after football it will help me."

PSU assistant coach Larry Johnson has been recruiting Wilkerson and sends him a handwritten letter weekly. Plus, he has arranged for Wilkerson to speak with the team's academic coordinator.

All of the interest hasn't gone unnoticed by Wilkerson.

"I have learned that I am pretty blessed," Wilkerson said. "And a lot of people don't get this type of attention. I'm happy and appreciative of all the attention I'm getting."

Even with all this attention, one important aspect of Wilkerson's life has gone unnoticed — his musical talent. He plays the piano.

"I have been playing since sixth grade," Wilkerson said. "I'm pretty good, I still practice."

His favorite song to play? Yankee Doodle Dandy.

On that note, with Wilkerson, Penn State's in the mix for a very talented prospect.


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