2015 Intro: Greenville WR Jalen Wilkes

We've got a sleeper with immense upside in 2015 Greenville WR Jalen Wilkes (6'1 185). Averaging almost 23 yards per catch, nearly scoring on half of the catches he had last season with 17 touchdowns Wilkes is a play maker. Add the fact that he's physically dominant compared to most prospects his age and you've got all the makings of a D1 sleeper given his size and testing measurables.

Jalen Wilkes Profile

Make no mistake about it Wilkes shows strong game breaking capability considering his stats during his junior season. He shared those numbers with us.

"I had 38 catches for 873 yards and 17 touchdowns."

Early on in his recruitment Wilkes is hearing from a handful of schools and he's hoping to land some offers in the near future as well.

"I'm hearing from Wofford, NC State, Clemson, James Madison, Auburn, and Southern Arkansas so far. Out of those I'd say Clemson and James Madison are recruiting me the hardest right now."

"James Madison came to my school and Clemson invited me to the spring game and their spring camp. Wofford invited me for a visit this past Saturday."

So how did the 2015 prospect like his time in Spartanburg with the Terriers?

"It went pretty good, coach took me on a tour. Its a beautiful campus and they have nice hospitality. They pretty much said they'll offer me if I put up the same or more numbers this year. They'll be at my spring practice this year and have a close eye on me during next season."

With Wilkes averaging 22.9 yards per catch its easy to see why schools are taking a close look early on. The 6'1 185 pound prospect talked at length about where his strengths are and what facets of his game he wants to improve on the most to take his game to the next level.

"My biggest strengths are being able to come back to the ball and elevate over the defender. Also beating defensive backs off the line and planting on the spot."

"To get better I want to improve my speed. I also want to work on yards after the catch and securing the ball. I want to get better at one on ones and beating people with my footwork. It will be accomplished this spring!"

Wilkes and the Red Raiders had another strong season last year and the bar is set high once again for the junior and his teammates come next year.

"We want to win a state championship. A ring on my finger walking out the door into the school of my choice are my goals for next season. Personally I'd like to have 60 or more catches, 1550 or more receiving yards, and 21 or more touchdowns."

We'll have more updates with Jalen Wilkes as his recruitment rolls on so keep it right here with SCPrepNation.com for more! For now check out some of Wilkes' testing measurables in the weight room below...

INSIDE THE NUMBERS...JALEN WILKES
Bench press: 285 pounds
Squat: 505 pounds
Power clean: 240 pounds
Fastest 40: 4.42 seconds
Pro shuttle: 4.24 seconds

When asked about his squat max of 505 pounds Wilkes replied, "I know, sounds unbelievable almost. I've been training at it since 7th grade. I'll be at 600 pounds before I graduate next year."


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