As a junior, Khalil Wilkes was named first team All-State as an offensive lineman and played for one of the best programs in the state of New Jersey. Unlike many other top prospects, the scholarship offers did not start to make their way to his mailbox until the end of his junior year. Among his nearly two dozen offers was one that was special for him, a written scholarship offer from Rutgers. It was special because it was where his father played football almost two decades earlier.
On the weekend of December 5th, Khalil took his official visit to Rutgers along with his father and mother. SOR had an opportunity to talk to Khalil's father, William Wilkes about his visit to Rutgers. "I am very proud about everything he has done. He has worked very hard in the classroom and on the field. He has earned the right to be in this position." Although Khalil has almost two dozen offers, his dad stated "it is an honor to have your state school offer. When I went to Rutgers, we were just trying to get to a bowl. Now they are trying to win the National Championship."
To take an official with his son was special. "It was very exciting to see how much the school has change since I was on a visit. It was great to see all of the advancement. When I came it was a dream, now it's a reality (the success of the program)."
The elder Wilkes did not want to put words into his son's mouth but he did feel that the visit went well. "His host was Davon Watkis. Khalil seem to hit it off with Tom Savage. He hung with (Malcolm) Bunche and (Mike) Larrow. I thought that it was important that he was around the other players".
In the past, Wilkes' father anticipated his son making a decision before the New Year. However, his plan apparently has change and he will take all of his visits before making a final decision. Currently, his next visit is Wake Forest (December 12th). He has plans to visit Stanford in January. Other possible visits are Vanderbuilt, Pittsburgh, California and Nebraska. The Corn Huskers have made a late push. Bo Pelini (Nebraska Head Coach) had a two-hour in-home visit with Wilkes, where Pelini expressed the Huskers' high interest in him.
For now, Khalil will take his visits while obtaining information to schedule destinations for his final two visits.
SOR will be there to provide you with all of the information on Wilkes and the rest of the top recruits in the State of Rutgers.