He did anyway. It felt right. The Cavaliers had been the first of a dozen schools to offer the two-way standout a scholarship, one of which was long-time favorite, Miami.
“It just seemed like the best place to be,” said Wilkins, a likely defensive tackle who still plans to take official visits to Michigan State, Penn State and North Carolina. “My mom loved it. My brother loved it. Everybody loved it. It felt like a no-brainer: Why wouldn’t I want to be here?
“It just felt like a home environment. I talked to every coach on the coaching staff. I talked to academic [advisers]. When I sat down with Coach [Mike] London, it was just great. It was everything I needed to hear about academics and not everything I wanted to hear about football.”
Who could blame the 6-foot-3, 295-pound Wilkins for wanting a football facility that feels like home? His Potomac team won’t have one this season. They’re expected to play all of their games away while a new field is installed at the Dumfries school.
“We’re ready to be the road warriors,” said Wilkins, a nominee for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio in January. He should know by November whether he has been chosen to play.
Wilkins is the second major Prince William County recruit to commit in recent months. All-Met Hylton linebacker E.J. Levenberry, who also is entering his senior season, committed to Florida State in April.
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