Novato (Calif.) San Marin quarterback Manny Wilkins, who switched to quarterback from receiver this past season, hasn't yet received his first offer, but he's hearing from plenty of big programs.
"I'm hearing a lot from Oregon, Utah St., Arizona State, Washington, Boise State, Tennessee, Arkansas, UCLA, and California," Wilkins said. "No one has offered yet, but I think that'll start happening soon."
With just one year under his belt at the quarterback position, Wilkins, who is 6'3, 185, understands why coaches want to see him play a bit more before they make an offer. With that in mind, Wilkins plans to hit the 7 on 7 circuit pretty hard.
"I'm going to be at the NLA Tournament in Las Vegas in early March, and then some more throughout the spring and summer," Wilkins said. "I'm going to play on Michiah Quick's team."
One team that's been recruiting the 12th ranked quarterback pretty heavily is UCLA, with Coach Angus McClure seeing him pretty frequently and calling him regularly. California has a bit of a connection as well, with a close family friend attending the school and trying to push Wilkins there.
"I was in touch with the old coaching staff under Coach Tedford, and the new coaching staff has picked it up as well," Wilkins said. "The new coaching staff has done a great job of keeping in touch with me."
With no offer on the table, Wilkins' timetable is obviously up in the air.
"I really won't know anything until I get an offer," Wilkins said. "As soon as that offer comes in, I'll have a much better idea of when I'll make my decision, but until then, it's really hard to say."
In terms of the decision, Wilkins said that location wouldn't be a big deal. He is planning a few visits for the coming months.
"I want to get down to ASU, since I've never been down there before," Wilkins said. "I'm also probably going to go to Cal, and then I think I'm heading up to Oregon for their spring game, which is also a junior day. I also want to check out Washington, but there's nothing else on the schedule right now."
Academically, Wilkins said that he's around a 3.0, but that his GPA is a bit deceptive after a tumultuous freshman year when he dealt with some family issues. He's hoping to pick that up this season and then get a good SAT score in the spring to hopefully entice more schools.
In terms of what he's looking for in a school, he said that the environment would be key.
"I want to be in a stable environment," Wilkins said. "I'm committing to a school for four years, so I want to know that the coaches I build a relationship with have a good chance of being there with me the whole way through. As a quarterback, I think it's important to build that continuity with the staff."
Wilkins Still Looking for Offer
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