Anthony Wilkins: Ready to Play

Anthony Wilkins is a big offensive line prospect out of one of the most prestigious high school programs in the state of New Jersey. Standing 6'4.5" and weighing 345 lbs, he's easily one of the more recognizable offensive lineman on the field in the fall. caught up with Anthony to discuss his recruitment and what he hopes the future holds.

Playing for St. Peter's Prep School can be quite the overwhelming prospectus for a high school football player. A school that produces such high level talent can often underscore other players who have high potential to make an impact at the college level. Anthony Wilkins, who stars at right guard and nose tackle, has the esteemed pleasure of playing with a lot of very talented classmates and is your quintessential lineman who thinks about the team first before his own personal success. In the world of big name and heavily recruited athletes, it's a personality a lot of schools look for to offset those who are more boisterous and should suit Anthony well in his future college selection.

As far as his college choices go, Anthony's dream school is University of Texas. He has family who live in Texas, North Carolina, and New Jersey so he is most interested in playing for a school in one of those areas. The main schools who have contacted him are Rutgers, Wake Forest, North Carolina, Stanford, and Virginia. He hasn't developed a top 5 and doesn't have any offers to date, but hopes to soon. He says he talks to Rutgers nearly every day and he's spoken to Virginia and they have expressed their interest in him and may offer soon. All the colleges involved are looking at him to play guard or tackle at the next level.

As far as the camp circuit goes, Anthony (who has a mid 70s GPA and a cumulative 1720 SAT) has no future plans to attend any more camps. He made it to Rutgers Big Man's Camp a few weeks ago and was also at the Schiano 7 on 7 the other week at Rutgers. He feels that his play and the fact that a lot of colleges are around his school will get him some offers coming in so traveling to a lot of places isn't the best for him or his family. That being said, Anthony performed well at the Rutgers camp and gained notoriety with his solid play on the field.

After talking about the Rutgers camp, he said that he felt the camp was very well run and was a good camp. He said he likes the way Coach Flood coaches everyone up and the way he ran the offensive line drills. He said he got to catch up with a lot of recruits he already has met in the past and got to meet some new ones. He also liked the fact that Jake (who is the left tackle on his high school team) was there because it felt good to have a teammate around at the camp.

In talking about Rutgers, Anthony said he really likes the Rutgers coaching staff. He's had the most contact with Coach Flood and he's recruited him well. His father attended Rutgers so the college is one that's on his radar. He really likes the school and feels the facilities are very good compared to other colleges. In the end, Anthony said if Rutgers offered he "definitely would not mind going there for college to get a good education and play with a solid program."

As far as his future goals for the upcoming year, Anthony is very focused on working hard to stay in shape and get a scholarship offer. He thinks he's got some pretty good schools looking at him so he's excited about that. He's also excited to lead his high school to win the state championship this year because it will cap off his high school football career on a high note.

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