Brent Wilkerson was bigger than the rest of the kids growing up. But that did not translate into success on the football field.

In fact, it was quite the opposite as Wilkerson played baseball and basketball for teams in the Clinton Boys and Girls Club, but was unable to play football because he would have had to play in older age groups to meet weight restrictions.

“But one time I was playing in a baseball game and a coach came up and asked if I was interested in playing football,” Wilkerson said. “It was with an unlimited team.”

As he began eighth grade at Grace Brethren School, Wilkerson played football for the first time. Soon, he was being recruited by high school coaches and he wound up at DeMatha, where he also played freshman and junior varsity basketball.

“I was pretty good [at basketball], I believe I had a good shot at making varsity,” Wilkerson said. “But I wanted to focus on football” this year.

It turned out to be a good decision, as the 6-foot-4, 245-pound junior tight end and defensive end this past weekend committed to play for Penn State.