Plenty of potential suitors have inquired about DeMatha defensive end-tight end Brent Wilkerson this week, Stags Coach Elijah Brooks said, but the lone Washington-area member of the 2012 Penn State recruiting class has yet to decide if he will follow through on his verbal commitment to the Nittany Lions or look elsewhere in the wake of Coach Joe Paterno’s dismissal on Wednesday.
“Brent and his family are just waiting to see, trying to get all the information,” Brooks said. “They’re going to wait and see how it shakes out with the coaching staff. Until it gets worked out, they’re not sure about the direction they’re headed.”
Wilkerson, a 6-foot-4, 245-pound senior, committed to Penn State in March, choosing the Nittany Lions over more than a dozen other scholarship offers.
With Paterno’s firing, it remains to be seen what happens with Penn State’s assistant coaches, including Larry Johnson, the Southern Maryland native who has recruited so well in the Washington area. If Wilkerson were to choose another college, he probably would have to make some campus visits, but that might not happen for a few weeks as DeMatha begins play in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference playoffs Saturday against Gonzaga.
“It’s one of those things where they’re unsure, this is a situation that surprised everyone,” Brooks said. “They’re just waiting to hear the status of a lot of things before they make a decision.”
Brooks said that Wilkerson and his family had decided not to comment publicly at this time.