As the 2018 recruiting class continues to find their foundation, Wheeling Park (West Virginia) quarterback, Cross Wilkinson became the next domino to fall for the Toledo Rockets on June 9. The 6'2", 200-pound Wilkinson held offers to Ball State, Toledo, Marshall, Ohio, and Georgia State prior to his commitment. However, just weeks ago, West Virginia came calling and wanted to see Wilkinson throw. When the Mountaineers didn't offer, Wilkinson knew where he belonged - in the Glass City.
"I pretty much exhausted all of my options and throughout this process, I always came back to Toledo," Wilkinson said after his commitment. "My senior season is about to begin and it was important that I made my commitment before it starts. Toledo is a program that is rising to the top in college football and it would be hard to pass up an opportunity to play for Coach Candle and his staff. The non-conference schedule during the time I will be at Toledo is loaded with big programs. I will get to play in front of large crowds with a program that will not back down! Toledo gives me the best college football experience," he added.
As for what the Rockets will receive out of Wilkinson's commitment according to the man himself, there's a lot to be excited about.
"I believe Toledo is oging to get a player that has a big chip on his shoulder! I will give my team my all on the field, in the weight room, off of the field, and in the classroom," Wilkinson said. "It will be an honor to lead my guys out on the field every day for me."
Wilkinson threw for 1,792 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2016 as a junior and excels at throwing across the field and getting the ball out quickly. The West Virginia native fits the mold that Jason Candle has held for his quarterbacks - a leader with a very high ceiling and superb arm strength.
"The most important things for me were education, how comfortable I was in the area and the coaches along with the program itself," Wilkinson told us.
In the 2017 recruiting class, Fort Recovery, Ohio quarterback Caleb Martin excelled in being the leader of the class and rallying the future Rockets together and Wilkinson certainly has that quality as well. Wilkinson will be one of the top quarterbacks in the state of West Virginia as he enters his senior season at Wheeling Park High School and will continue to perfect his skills prior to arriving on campus next summer. As always, stay tuned to Scout for the latest.