Wilkins Impresses Ludwig

Evaluation quarterbacks throughout the country during the spring recruiting period, Wisconsin offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig watched Novato (CA) San Marin four-star quarterback Manny Wilkins throw last week.

Looking to add a quarterback to its 2014 class, the University of Wisconsin has made it clear that Scottsdale (AZ) Desert Mountain five-star Kyle Allen and Toledo (OH) Central Catholic four-star DeShone Kizer are their top two targets.

That hasn't stopped Wisconsin and offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig from scouting other highly-rated signal callers throughout the country. On the West Coast recently for recruiting, Ludwig stopped in on Novato (CA) San Marin quarterback Manny Wilkins to watch him work.

"He actually called me the day before he came out and kind of let me know that I have been on their radar," Wilkins told Badger Nation. "They haven't really been in contact with me. I have talked to them before, but not a lot. He told he was going to come down and would like to see me throw, so I got a couple guys on the last minute. He said he was really impressed."

While the relationship with Wisconsin and Ludwig is new, the 6-2, 185-pound Wilkins is quite familiar with Ludwig's boss.

"Utah State was the first team to ever recruit me, so Coach Andersen was there when they were recruiting me," Wilkins said. "I thought he was pretty awesome and he got everything going on the up there, so they were the first to really get contact with me. I think it is pretty cool that Coach Andersen is genuine to his interest in our relationship and that is really big. He is a great coach and the things he has done for Utah State is absolutely amazing. He preaches nothing but family and competitiveness.

"Being a coach at a Big Ten school, he is going to be there for a while. The education at Wisconsin is pretty phenomenal, so that is something he can brag about, which is pretty awesome."

Rated a four-star prospect and No.15 quarterback in the country by Fox Sports Next, Wilkins holds offers from Arizona, Colorado State, Utah State and Wyoming. He is also hearing from California, Colorado, UCLA and USC and will host coaches from Texas A&M on Friday.

While his team fell short in last season's division 4 championship game, Wilkins finished the season with about 2,600 passing yards and 688 rushing yards. Working on strengthening his leadership quality and making sure the team's "family vibe" stays strong, Wilkins' summer will involve taking visits to college around the country, and Madison is possible destination.

"I don't think we have the whole camp schedule done for what I am going to do with new schools showing interest," said Wilkins. "Definitely if I have the opportunity, then I love to head out to Wisconsin. Hopefully, I can get up there during the season possibly and check out a couple games.

"(Wisconsin) would be a big offer. I think it would be really cool. I think it is a nice area and I have looked at it a little bit online."

Also wanting to check out Arizona, Arizona State, California, Colorado State, Utah State, Washington and Wyoming, Wilkins' goal is to commit early in the summer, but won't rush the decision if he's not comfortable.

Dynamic on the field, Wilkins feels his style of play is a blend of having that big arm to make all the throws with the athleticism to make plays with his feet, which is what Wisconsin is looking for from a quarterback in its new offense.

"I want to be one of those kids when people come to watch them that they think I play at a very mature level," said Wilkins. "I feel like a lot of people that see me play think I got a lot of poise and I am not a guy that is obsessed with having robot mechanics. I have been training my butt off for a long time and I can only get better from here.

"I like to fling it around and if things break down, I can get out of there. I think my athleticism is another reason why a lot of schools talk to me. I might be tall and lanky, but when I get going, then I can take off. I think my decisions can be risky, but at the same time they are still smart decisions. I am one of those guys that can take a risk here or there to create something and that will catch your eyes."

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