Wilkerson is His Own Man

Anthony Wilkerson, the 6-0, 200-pound tailback from Tustin, Calif., is among the elite at his position for 2010. After running for 2,300 yards as a junior, he already has Pac-10 scholarship offers. He's being compared to another well-known running back that came out of Tustin High...

Tustin (Calif.) running back Anthony Wilkerson (6-0, 200) is sitting on a pair of offers, but knows that more schools have been keeping a close watch on him.

"I have an offer from Stanford and Washington and then UCLA, Cal, Nebraska and USC are some other schools who are looking at me right now. I also am interested in Oklahoma and Oregon too. I'm going to go up to Stanford and see what's going on up there at their Junior Day," said Wilkerson.

Wilkerson said that, for the time being, his top four schools are all from in-state.

"I don't have a top five in any specific order, but right now, I like Stanford, UCLA, Cal, Washington and USC," said Wilkerson. "I'm considering some out-of-state schools, but I'm most likely going to stay in-state."

Stanford was the first school to offer Wilkerson and he's high on the Cardinal. "Stanford is a good school. My uncle went there so I have a lot of interest in Stanford. I'm really high on their academics," said Wilkerson.

Wilkerson also holds Washington in high regard. "Coach (Steve) Sarkisian and Coach (Nick) Holt are really good guys. I like Washington too," said Wilkerson.

UCLA was the school he grew up watching. "I didn't really have a favorite school growing up, but I watched UCLA a lot. I went to two games last year, against Stanford and Washington State," said Wilkerson.

That led Wilkerson to address the comparisons he often hears: between him and former Tustin back DeShaun Foster, who starred for the Bruins.

"It's always a good thing being compared to a good running back like him," said Wilkerson, "But you never want to be another person who came through, you want to be yourself. I want to be Anthony Wilkerson. He (Foster) has already made a name for himself. I look up to him, he's a great running back, and I respect him. But I want to make a name for myself."

Wilkerson said he's in no rush to make a decision. "I want to take some visits, I don't want to make any quick decisions," said Wilkerson. "I want to make the right decision at the right time. My family wants me to stay close, and my family is always important."

Wilkerson had a big junior year, rushing for over 2,300 yards and 35 touchdowns. With a potentially big senior season, Foster's once-unbreakable records may be gone.

"They're in reach but I've got to have a good senior year," said Wilkerson. "But just to be mentioned with him is an honor."

Academically, he's in fine shape, with a 3.8 GPA and plans to take the SAT and ACT next month.


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