Last month South Florida picked up a commitment from defensive end Brandon Wilkinson from Venice high school. Since committing to USF Brandon has turned his focus to his team and preparing for the 2009 season.
"Our team worked real hard this offseason and I feel this is the best team I've been on."
Since the beginning of spring Wilkinson has been working out while adding speed and quickness.
"Right now I'm 6-foot-4 and a half, 225 pounds. I started the spring at 205. I've also been working on my feet and hands. Doing a lot of drills with the arm pads and stuff like that to get quicker."
Brandon committed to the Bulls in July over offers from Indiana, Kentucky, Purdue, Cincinnati and Minnesota to name a few. He says there were a few factors that led him to USF.
"I get a long with the staff, they are real Christian people. I felt real comfortable with it." Adding, "The location is good for me, it's only an hour from home and my parents will be able to see a lot of my games."
Initially Wilkinson was recruited by Coach Franks, his regional recruiter but more recently his been building a relationship with Coach Kevin Patrick, his future position coach.
"Coach Patrick is just like me, its kinda weird. We have a lot in common and I think that's why we get along. Hopefully I can be as good of a D-end as he was in college."
Those would be big shoes to fill since Coach Patrick was an all-american and named Big East Player of the Year while playing at Miami in the early 90's.
Wilkinson says that his recruitment has slowed significantly since committing to USF and that's just fine with him.
"I'm still getting mail, but no new offers and nobody has really contacted me since I committed," said Wilkinson. "I'm done, 100% committed. It's a relief, I'm happy I found a school early and now I can concentrate on my season."
This fall Wilkinson has one official visit set and that will be to USF for the final homegame against Miami. In the meantime Brandon is looking forward to watching the Bulls on the field in '09.
"I'm mainly going to watch their D-ends, especially Selvie. He's my favorite player to watch. I love his intensity."
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