Wilkes Grabs 1st Offer from Pitt

Jersey City, N.J., product Khalil Wilkes secured his first scholarship offer on Tuesday when the Pittsburgh Panthers called to tell him to check his mailbox this week. Wilkes was excited for the opportunity to play for the Pitt program and talked about what qualities he sees in the up and coming program with us in an interview on Tuesday night.

Khalil Wilkes is a versatile interior offensive lineman from powerhouse program St. Peter's Prep in Northern New Jersey. The 6-foot-4, 285-pounder has been getting interest from schools like Northwestern, Rutgers, Boston College, Connecticut, Penn State and others, however his first scholarship offer came by way of Pittsburgh today.

"I just got off the phone with Coach Jeff Hafley a little while ago and he told me my written offer was in the mail already," Wilkes said. "He told me that they like me at center or guard and I have experience playing both positions, so I really have no preference. Whatever is best for the team is what I want to do."

Wilkes admittedly doesn't know a lot about the Panther program, however he does have a friend on the team now who has told him a lot about it.

"Shariff Harris is a former teammate of mine who is out there right now and he says that Head Coach Dave Wannstedt and the rest of the staff are great with him and the rest of the team," Wilkes added. "He has told me some great things about the program and university and I'm going to be visiting either this week or next. I just know that they're known for having good offensive linemen, have two guys going in the draft this year and are an up and coming program. They are definitely at the top of my list and one of the main reasons is that (Tony Wise) coached for the New York Jets and knows what it takes to be an offensive lineman in the NFL."

Other schools are also hot on the trail and Wilkes visited a few recently.

"I took visits to Connecticut, Rutgers and Boston College for spring practices and really enjoyed all three," Wilkes explained. "Connecticut and Rutgers both have great facilities and I was really comfortable with Coach Bill McGovern at Boston College because we got to bond a lot during the visit. I just spoke to Coach Johns from Northwestern tonight as well and my coach says that Syracuse should be offering me very soon."

Wilkes just got his SAT results back and scored a 1000, but will be taking the test again as he feels he can do much better. He was a first-team All-State selection as an offensive lineman as a junior in 2007.

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