Wilkes Talks SU Commitment

In all due respect to Syracuse, a few years ago the likelihood of the Orange beating Florida State for a cornerback that lived in Seminole Country was close to zero, but with a new coaching staff comes a new level of success and Coach Marrone and his staff did a great job reeling in defensive back Jeremi Wilkes.

Some look at star rankings as a determining factor in recruiting, however sometimes you need to sit back and look a bit deeper at the prospect a school is getting when they commit. Syracuse recently got a verbal commitment from Tampa Catholic High School cornerback Jeremi Wilkes and while he is only rated a two-star player at his position, he has scholarship offers from Florida State, Iowa, Rutgers and Louisville on top of Syracuse.

In yet another example of what I see as a Scout.com Analyst, Syracuse is re-creating themselves and pulling quality players from around the country, something that could put them back in contention for the Big East title in the next few years. We spoke to Wilkes on Thursday night about his commitment.

"I visited three weeks ago and it went great," Wilkes said. "I really thought I fit into the atmosphere and liked the campus and I was especially impressed by the sense of family they have there."

"It was for the Rutgers game, so I went over and watched them from the sidelines and then afterward I got to go into the locker room," Wilkes explained. "After dinner I got to sit down and meet some of the players and that was great. They all seemed really cool and you could just sense that those guys are a family up there."

Wilkes then came home and thought about what he would do.

"I started weighing my options between Rutgers, Louisville, Florida State, Iowa and Syracuse and while it took a lot of thought I just felt I fit best at Syracuse in a lot of ways. First of all, the business school is tremendous and I want to get into advertising and marketing. I also really like the coaches because they're straight up with you and have a lot of discipline. Coach Doug Marrone is definitely a disciplinarian and I think you really need that. I fit into their defense as well as they play a lot of man coverage and do zone blitzes, so I feel like I'm going to do well in that scheme."

Wilkes finished his senior season with 32 tackles and three interceptions.

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