Brent Wilkerson had driver’s education on Friday night. The DeMatha junior tight end and defensive end hit the road around 9 p.m. and did not arrive in State College, Pa., for Penn State’s junior day until 1a.m. early Saturday morning.
The timing was not a big deal. Wilkerson has been attending football camps at Penn State since before he entered high school. He attended the Nittany Lions’ game against Michigan State last season and is plenty familiar with everything about Penn State.
Still, the 6-foot-4, 245-pound Wilkerson was not envisioning ending the recruiting process so soon. He figured he would take his time, visit some more schools and listen to coaches' pitches. He had plenty of scholarship offers to sift through.
“But I felt comfortable, so I went ahead and committed,” Wilkerson said. “There wasn’t a need to hold out. I knew where I wanted to go. ... The education is top-notch. I really like the coaches, the facilities and the campus. I can see myself living there for four years. And I have a good chance of playing there early if I work hard.”
The Nittany Lions recruited Wilkerson to play tight end. He had eight catches for 186 yards and two touchdowns last season on offense and 10 sacks on defense.
Here is Wilkerson’s junior year highlight tape: