Jordan Wilkins talks Vanderbilt

Jordan Wilkins, out of St. Benedict at Auburndale in Memphis, is becoming on of the most sought-after prospects in the state of Tennessee. As a junior, the 6-foot-1, 198-pound running back rushed for 1,546 and scored 22 touchdowns and was named All-State (Division II-AA), All-Metro, and All-Region for the second straight year. He was also a finalist for Tennessee's Mr. Football.

"It's all been going pretty good after the season," said Jordan Wilkins. "Recruiting has really been picking up. I have 10 offers right now, but Auburn is close to offering me. They said if I come up for their Junior Day they were going to offer me in person.

"My offers are from Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Purdue, Cincinnati, Memphis, MTSU, Mississippi State, Tennessee, and Michigan."

Wilkins has only taken one Junior Day visit to Ole Miss. He'll travel in two weeks to Nashville to a Junior Day at Vanderbilt, a school that has made strong overtures to get Wilkins on board to anchor their recruiting class.

"They told me I'm their number one guy on their board at any position for the class of 2013," Wilkins said of Vanderbilt. "They'd like me to commit and build the class around me.

"I get along well with the coaches. Really what I like most [about Vanderbilt] is they're in the SEC, and you can't find a better school to get a degree from. They told me I'd have a good shot to see early playing time. It's a fun place, and I have always enjoyed being on campus."

Wilkins said he hears from his recruiting coach, Herb Hand, as well as Coach Franklin and Coach Donovan on a regular basis. While they would love to receive a commitment, Wilkins isn't ready yet to make a final decision on his future.

"I'm going to wait to make my commitment when I'm 100-percent sure that's where I want to go," Wilkins said. "I'm not going to commit somewhere then change my commitment later on.

"Right now I like Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Alabama, Ohio State, and Auburn. I haven't been offered by Ohio State, but I'm hearing a lot from their coaches. I think I'm close to being offered by Alabama and by Auburn."

One thing the Vanderbilt coaches have in their favor in recruiting Wilkins is his older brother, Trey, recently enrolled this semester and is playing on walking on with the team after a year playing Division II football.

"He's at Vandy now," said Wilkins on his brother's status. "He was playing at Harding in Searcy [Arkansas] last year."

Wilkins played his freshman and sophomore season with his brother, Trey, as his teammate at St. Benedict of Auburndale. Trey wore jersey No. 1 for the Eagles, and Jordan wore No. 2. Top Stories