Wilkins Enjoys Rutgers Visit

Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph Regional defensive tackle Kevin Wilkins left his Rutgers visit Sunday with an eagerness for Wednesday to arrive. A mid-season commitment to the Scarlet Knights, Wilkins is the highest rated in-state prospect in the 2014 Rutgers class.

Kevin Wilkins of Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph Regional saw himself as an offensive lineman for a long time, but his productivity at defensive tackle as a senior is what earned him a scholarship offer from Rutgers.

Wilkins ranks as the No. 1 defensive tackle in New Jersey – 10th overall in-state prospect – and plans to begin his Rutgers career behind former teammate Darius Hamilton at the 3-technique.

"That's the plan for me, to start there and see if I can make an impact early," Wilkins said Sunday after heading home from an official visit. "The coaches kind of asked me what I wanted to do, and that's the best fit for me."

The 6-foot-3 280-pund Wilkins transferred to St. Joseph as a junior after two years at Don Bosco Prep. His relationships with other Don Bosco guys, including Hamilton, Rutgers receiver Leonte Carroo and tight ends coach Anthony Campanile, have him feeling secure with his Rutgers decision.

Fullback Razohnn Gross, another Don Bosco product, hosted Wilkins on his official visit.

"I spent most of the weekend with him and some of his friends," Wilkins said. "I had a great time while I was there because it just made me feel more like that's where my home is."

Wilkins had an abbreviated visit because of his commitments to the St. Joseph wrestling team. He spent Saturday night at Rutgers, met with coaches Sunday and plans to sign first thing in the morning Wednesday.

Wilkins said he did not feel concerns of the length of coach Kyle Flood's search for a defensive coordinator. The decision to promote Joe Rossi was a welcome one, Wilkins said.

"I like him a lot," Wilkins said. "I got to know him, and I definitely think he's the right coach to lead us into the Big Ten. He coached their bowl game, and [Hamilton] likes him. He said he's a good coach."


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