Trey Wilkins enrolled at Vanderbilt

With the high tuition costs involved in attending a private university, Vanderbilt doesn't get many walk-on players. This January, however, Trey Wilkins, a 6-foot, 196-pound wide receiver decided to follow his dream from high school of playing for the Commodore program and transferred in from Division II Harding University.

"When I was a junior in high school, I was being heavily recruited by Bobby Johnson," Trey Wilkins said. "I thought I would be going to school there, but when Coach Johnson retired the recruiting stopped. I waited, but as time went on I never heard anything from the new staff and signed with Harding."

At St. Benedict at Auburndale in Memphis, Wilkins was an All-State performer as a senior and a finalist for the prestigious John 'Bull' Bramlett award in Shelby County. He decided to accept a scholarship offer from Harding University in Searcy, Ark., approximately 100 miles west of Memphis.

"Things didn't go as planned," said Wilkins on his time at Harding. "I didn't really like the school and wanted a change.

"I got in touch with Coach Franklin, sent him my film, and he invited me to walk-on. We didn't know if I could enroll this semester because Vanderbilt normally doesn't accept anyone in mid-year, but it worked out. I began classes on January 9th."

Wilkins tore his hamstring as a true freshman in an August scrimmage at Harding and subsequently redshirted last season. NCAA rules still require Wilkins to sit a year out after a transfer, so he is unable to play until the 2013 season.

"I'm still able to practice and work out with the team," said Wilkins. "I've already been to a couple wide receiver meetings. Right now I'm with the receivers.

"I also played defensive back in high school. I think I'm a physical receiver who gets downfield and blocks. I also do a good job of catching the ball and running good routes."

Although he spent many Saturdays this past season with the Harding Bison, Wilkins did follow the Commodore's season and even made it to Nashville for a game.

"Yes, I was there for the Arkansas game," Wilkins stated. "I think Coach Franklin is doing a great job. He loves the program. He's definitely taken it in a different direction. I think he'll continue to do an awesome job and make Vanderbilt very competitive within the SEC. I'm loving being here for sure."

Wilkins was a three-time All-State selection at St. Benedict and started for the Eagles in both football and basketball all four years of high school.

His parents are Angie and Billy Wilkins. His younger brother, Jordan, is a rising senior at St. Benedict and one of the most heavily recruited players in the state of Tennessee. Top Stories