Wilkinson, who attends Bishop Gorman High School here, said that Wisconsin has been in his top five from the beginning.
"I just always liked Wisconsin," Wilkinson said Wednesday afternoon, prior to Scout.com's mini-combine at Bishop Gorman. "It's a good school."
The rest of his top five includes Michigan, Miami (Fla.), Florida State and USC. Wilkinson, who was a Las Vegas Sun honorable mention all-state selection last fall, said that he has been told Colorado State and New Mexico State are close to offering him a scholarship and he is also receiving heavy interest from Boise State and UNLV.
But Wisconsin was the first school to offer Wilkinson a scholarship. That news filtered down to Wilkinson after his prep coach, David White, completed a phone conversation with UW quarterbacks coach Jeff Horton, who is the Badgers' primary recruiter in Las Vegas.
"My coach came and got me and said, ‘you've got your first official scholarship,'" Wilkinson said. "I called coach Horton and he told me it would be in the mail."
Bishop Gorman, which boasts a number of potential Division I recruits, such as running back DeMarco Murray and quarterback C.J. Sedoris, attracts a number of high profile visitors during the spring evaluation period. Horton is expected to represent Wisconsin Friday. USC head coach Pete Carroll was in town to watch Bishop Gorman's practice Wednesday and Michigan visited Tuesday.
Before the Gaels' practice Wednesday, Scout.com charted 16 area athletes, including Wilkinson, in the 40-yard dash, pro agility drill and the 3-cone drill.
Wilkinson ran the 40-yard dash in 4.87 and 4.75 seconds but he played fast in one-on-one coverage drills and his 4.10-second pro agility drill was the quickest among the players who took part, which included highly recruited running backs Murray and Las Vegas High School's Eric Jordan.
Wilkinson, who displayed good technique and instincts in coverage, will be a three-year starter at Bishop Gorman in the fall. He played safety as a sophomore, corner last season and he expects to play corner again this fall.
Wilkinson, who could also play receiver in college, would prefer to end up at free safety.
"I would like to play safety but I just have to grow," he said.
Wilkinson said that seeing UW on television spurred his interest in the Badgers.
"I like their attitude on defense," he said. "They get after it. I'm a defensive player, I like to hit."
What does Wilkinson consider to be his strengths?
"I go hard every play," he said. "I always want to make the tackle. Obviously I hit hard. Just always pick up my other teammates on the field. If they need help they come to me. So I'm a good leader on the field."