Wilkes Will Visit Wake

Khalil Wilkes is quickly becoming one of the most highly recruited offensive linemen on the east coast. with 12 offers in hand, Wilkes has a lot of sorting out to do before he makes a decision. DeaconSports recently spoke with Wilkes to get his thoughts on recruiting and where the Deacons stand with him.

At 6'4, 285 pounds, it is hard to miss Kahlil Wilkes yet some schools were doing just that until recently. "Recruiting is going great for me. It started off slow and I didn't get my first offer until April. Since then, I have received 11 other offers and college coaches are stopping by school to talk with my coaches. Things are really good right now."

Even though the attention is just coming his way, Wilkes was prepared for it. "I was prepared for the process. My dad worked me hard and prepared me for this. I just kept working hard and focused on helping my team win and everything else has taken care of itself."

Since April, Wilkes has received offers from Tennessee, Rutgers, Pitt, West Virginia, Stanford, Northwestern, Wake Forest and others.

Wilkes has learned a lot about the Deacons during the process and had high praise for Jim Grobe's program. "First and foremost, Wake Forest is a high academic school. Academics are important to me and places like Wake, Stanford, and Northwestern are great academic schools. Also at Wake, they have a great football program to go with their high academics which I really like. Also, Wake's location is very appealing. It is a small school and it is located in a nice city."

Although Wilkes has not finalized a list of schools he will visit this summer, he made one thing very clear. "I guarantee I will visit Wake this summer. June 3rd is my last day of school and at that time I am going to decide where I will be visiting but I know I am visiting Wake. After my visits I will cut down my list."

Wilkes also mentioned that Wake is recruiting a teammate of his, Nyshier Oliver. "Nyshier is one of my best friends. We talk about playing together in college quite a bit but I am going to go to the place that is best for me. I know Nyshier likes Wake a lot because of their academics and location."

As a player, Wilkes does not just count on his size to dominate on the field. "Coaches have commented to me that they really like my footwork and how well I move for a big guy. I was a three sport athlete for most of my life. I played third base in baseball which I also think helped my footwork. My passion for the game as well as my mental approach are also important."

Wilkes claims no favorites at this point and said he hopes to decide this summer. Wilkes is the epitome of a student/athlete. He will be a great asset to any college both on the field and in the classroom.

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