Aaron Wilkins was all over the field last season as he helped Yosemite high school of Oakhurst California to an 11-2 record. Aaron registered 143 tackles to go with 3 interceptions and 6 fumbles recovered.
PrepCA: What is your favorite thing about playing high school football?
Aaron Wilkins: I love high school football. There is great competition and there is much excitement. My favorite thing about high school football is the Friday night games and the news crew. I love when our team smashes a hyped up school from Fresno and all the news crews are there and at 11:00 we are in the news. Also our community had a great turnout for the CIF championship game. There had to be at least 10,000 people there. In our community the high school football players are everybody's role model. They know our names they keep up on our off season and they love us during the real season.
PrepCA: What is your official height and weight?
Aaron Wilkins: 5'11" 189 pounds
PrepCA: What is your greatest football memory?
Aaron Wilkins: When I was playing against Kerman and I intercepted a pass in the end zone and ran it back 104 yards for a touchdown. Also, my JV season against our rivals, Sierra, I rushed for 365 yards and 4 rushing touchdowns I had 1 punt return for a touchdown and I had 3 interceptions.
PrepCA: What are your personal goals for the upcoming season?
Aaron Wilkins: To break all the school records for most rushing yards in a season, most rushing touchdowns in a season, most interceptions in a season, most tackles in a season, which would be over 200, most tackles in a career, only 140 to go. Our team and my goals are to beat Edison, go undefeated, and most of all win another CIF championship.
PrepCA: How are you preparing for the upcoming season? Will you attend any camps this summer? Have you gone to any combines? How did you do?
Aaron Wilkins: I have been working out every week day. Working on my bench press, squat, and power clean. I want to weigh in at 200 pounds by the start of the season so I am eating all that I can to gain weight fast. I have already been to the University of Oregon camp. I had a great experience covering about 100 receivers. I also talked to the coaches on how I can improve for next season and most of all get a division 1 scholarship. I have attended combines I went to Fresno State junior day, they tested us on 40s, bench press, shuttles and standing broad jump. I ran a 4.56 40 and I had a broad jump of 9'8. I had a 4.22 shuttle and I got up 185 7 times. I also went to the scout.com All American combines. They tested us on 40s, vertical, shuttle and vertical. I ran a horrible 40 at 4.9 and I had a L cone drill of 7.16 also I had a shuttle of 4.3 and I had a vertical of 31.5
PrepCA: What aspect of your game have you really worked hard to improve? What area would you like to keep improving on?
Aaron Wilkins: My man coverage. A couple of times last year I got burned playing man coverage as a safety so all of the off season I have improved so much that I don't think a ball will be caught on me again. What I need to work on is not getting beat on the deep ball. My job as a safety in our defense is to make sure no one will catch the ball deep. I am a little aggressive and sometimes get caught up in play action.
PrepCA: Who are some of your teammates that people need to watch out for?
Aaron Wilkins: Jon Blea. He is a stud. No one in the central valley can cover him. He had over 1000 yards as a junior he will be much better this year especially with our new quarterback Chris Rolff improving daily over the summer.
PrepCA: Name one teammate you really respect and why?
Aaron Wilkins: Jon Blea He is always competitive. We always stay after school or workouts and go one on ones. We have been best friends since 3rd grade and we have shared the love of football together. We always compete with each other whether its doing one on ones or its lifting weights and its made me a ton better. We always push ourselves to the limit and that is what makes great football players. Both our dreams are to go to college together and then after we tear it up in college play on the same pro team.
PrepCA: What are your goals regarding playing football in college?
Aaron Wilkins: I want to go to a division one college and either play safety or corner. I think I have the speed to be a great corner and if I can get bigger I can be a great safety. While in college, I want to be a stand out defensive back and complete my dream to play in the NFL
PrepCA: Who is currently recruiting you? Do you have any offers yet? Who are your top 5?
Aaron Wilkins: The University of Oregon, Fresno State, California, Cal Poly, Sacramento State that is my top five. Others recruiting are USC and UCLA but nothing serious.
PrepCA: Would you consider staying in state to play in college?
Aaron Wilkins: yes I would but out of state sounds much better
PrepCA: Who is the best player you have ever played against?
Aaron Wilkins: Robert Pelle, he was unbelievable! I only got to see him play once but he tore us up. During my junior year, which was my first year playing safety, I watched the Edison film over and over and watched him read the quarterback and make tackles and I improved because of it. He is now with CAL and I am looking forward to seeing him play in college.
PrepCA: Name one team who you really respect and why?
Aaron Wilkins: The Edison Tigers of Fresno. There have been so many athletes that have come out of their school. Many are in the NFL now. They always seem to produce D 1 athletes and they give us great competition
PrepCA: What other sports do you play?
Aaron Wilkins: I play Basketball and I run track. I long Jumped 22'11" and my triple Jump is 44'1" and I run my 400 in 50.2 seconds
PrepCA: What are your best max lifts in the bench, squat, power clean and 40 yard dash?
Aaron Wilkins: My bench press is 255 pounds, my squat is 370 pounds and my clean is 265 pounds.
PrepCA: How do you think your coach would describe you as a player?
Aaron Wilkins: Physical, that is what I am. I am the most physical defensive back in the Central Valley, I rely on being physical. Our defense is based on physical players. I am a safety that plays seven yards of the line of scrimmage and probably six next year. I love to make tackles before plays can even develop.
PrepCA: Who is your favorite pro athlete?
Aaron Wilkins: Champ Baily, he has covered many great NFL wide receivers and has shut most of them down. He is the best corner in the game today. He is fast and like me he hates being burned.
PrepCA: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? Who did you receive it from?
Aaron Wilkins: "There are many athletes just like you, the only thing that separates one from another is that one is willing to work harder than the other, that is what makes them the better athlete." Coach Eames.
PrepCA would like to thank Aaron for his help putting this interview together.