Wilkes Has A Lot of Schools Interested

St. Peter's prep offensive guard Kahli Wilkes has come out with an early list of schools that he's interested in. Boston College, Penn State, Maryland, Northwestern, Virginia and Michigan are just some of the schools that have drawn his attention.

"I like the Maryland area a lot," Wilkes said. "It's not New Jersey, but it's close to home and they play in a great conference in the ACC. They have some things going for them. Virginia has great academics and I consider myself a pretty good student. The same goes for Northwestern and BC. I like Coach Rodriguez at Michigan and would love to be apart of his spread offense."

Rutgers is another school that has garnered his interest.

"I think that the program is growing," Wilkes said. "I've talked to Coach Schiano and the offensive lineman coach and they seem like they are great. I like the whole environment over there."

His father Will, who is a defensive backs coach at St. Peter's Prep, was a free safety for the Scarlet Knights, but Wilkes said that the fact his father played in Piscataway wouldn't factor into his decision. His father has given him some advice on how to handle the exposure he's going to get with colleges following him.

"We are two separate people," he said. "He has his own feelings on the school and we look at it individually.

"He told me just to keep on playing on not to worry about the hype from the newspapers," he said.

Academics and the 'family atmosphere' that the college provides will factor in the junior lineman's decision.

"The family aspect since I will live there for four years," he said. "What friends I can turn to, whether it be from people on campus, the players, or the coaching staff."

Wilkes was invited to Northwestern and Rutgers' junior days and plans on attending both.

St. Peter's Prep went 11-1 and made it to the state championship where they lost to Don Bosco Prep. Wilkes was voted First-Team Hudson County as an offensive lineman.

"(We) did well," he said. "We didn't finish the way I wanted to. I could play better and senior year we will finish better."

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