2014 Chicago RB getting big time interest

Although hampered by a mid-season injury at De La Salle Institute in Chicago, Ill., junior Mikale Wilbon has already received six Division 1 offers. The 5-foot-9, 195-pound running back does not yet have an offer from Vanderbilt, but it was the first school he visited. VandyMania.com spoke with Wilbon on his trip to the Music City and how his recruiting is just beginning to take off.

"I was [at Vanderbilt] on January 5th for just a regular tour of the campus," said Mikale Wilbon. "I spent time with the wide receivers coach and the defensive backs coach because Coach Franklin and the running backs coach were out in California. I did speak with them both over the phone afterward about my visit to campus. I liked it. It had a nice feel to it. I think they're close to extending an offer."

Wilbon has received offers from Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, Purdue, Arizona State, and Mississippi State. He's also hearing from the likes of Nebraska, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Minnesota, Iowa State, Michigan State, Arizona, Tennessee in addition to Vanderbilt. Recently he competed in the Under Armour Combine prior to the annual All-Star game and performed brilliantly.

"It was good," Wilbon shared. "I received an email saying I was top five in every event. The scouts, reporters, and running back coaches were all telling me how well I did. I think I'll have a good shot to get back and play in the game next year."

This was Wilbon's second season as a starter for the De La Salle Meteors. Even though he only played about half of it, what he did when healthy had Chicagoland abuzz.

"My injury came in the fourth game of the season," he said. "I had 863 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns before I got hurt. I was hoping to comeback and play the last couple of games of the season but my mom held me out as a precautionary measure. I'm always working to improve on every aspect of my game. I'd have to say my strengths are my speed, elusiveness, vision, and strength. I'd like to improve in the area of pass blocking. That's something I'll work on in the off-season to try and become the total package."

Wilbon was still named All-Area and All-Chicago Catholic League despite only playing a portion of the season. He said he's taking his time and enjoying the recruiting process, but is looking at school's with good programs in Business Administration. He added close proximity to the Windy City will not be a factor in his college decision.

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