Wilkins Goes In-Depth on Rutgers Offer

Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph Regional defensive lineman Kevin Wilkins reeled in a Rutgers offer Monday afternoon following a stellar first three games to his senior season. Wilkins spoke in-depth with ScarletReport.com about the meaning of the offer and its impact on his recruiting plans.

Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph Regional defensive tackle Kevin Wilkins began the week with five offers, but saw his recruitment change drastically when Rutgers came into play with a scholarship offer.

Rutgers and head coach Kyle Flood extended an offer Monday morning to Wilkins, who has the Scarlet Knights high on his radar.

"This feels great," said Wilkins, who also has offers from UCF and Maryland among others. "They've always wanted to offer. Finally I have that chance. They haven't given up on me and it's a great sigh of relief for me because I really like that school and I have a bunch of teammates at that school who I used to play with at [Don Bosco Prep] like Darius Hamilton and Leonte Carroo and Gary Nova.

"I loved playing with those guys and to get another chance to be their teammate would be awesome because I love those guys."

Wilkins visited Rutgers for a game earlier this year and will be back Oct. 11 for an in-depth tour and plenty of time with the coaching staff. Rutgers plays Thursday night against Louisville, but will be back Friday morning with plenty of time to spend with Wilkins.

"My last visit was great, but I'm more excited to be going back," Wilkins said. "I'm just going to go down there to spend a Friday there and hang out with the coaches and probably see some of my old teammates and talk to the guys."

St. Joe's head coach Tony Karcich delivered the news to Wilkins this morning, citing a monster performance in a win over Bergen Catholic Saturday and hard work in the classroom.

"I was walking in the hallway and my head coach, coach Karcich, told me to come into his office because he had to talk to me about something," Wilkins said. "He told me that Rutgers was going to stick by me and they wanted to offer me. They saw me play the last two games and were blown away, ‘we need to get this kid.'"

Rutgers initially told Wilkins he had to improve his transcripts, but changed its stance this week. Wilkins said he plans to work even harder with the new opportunity on the table and that his struggles are in the past.

"It's just the best feeling in the world knowing that a school I like wants to take a shot with me and not give up because my grades aren't good," Wilkins said. "... I'm working as hard as ever and I'm trying to overcome that right now and it just feels great to get an offer from Rutgers."

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