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DeMatha’s Brent Wilkerson visits Nebraska, will travel to Penn State

DeMatha standout football player Brent Wilkerson enjoyed his trip to Nebraska this past weekend and plans to take an official visit this coming weekend to Penn State before making his college choice.

Wilkerson, a second-team All-Met defensive lineman, is expected to play tight end in college. He had committed to Penn State in March before opting to reconsider the decision after the scandal that prompted the school to fire Joe Paterno and hire Bill O’Brien as its new coach.

Although DeMatha Coach Elijah Brooks last week said that Oklahoma also was trying to recruit Wilkerson, the player said he is longer considering the Sooners.

“I thought I was pretty much set” after committing in March, Wilkerson said. “But everything happens for a reason and I’m re-evaluating my situation.

“Penn State is still a great school, it’s still Penn State. The situation happened, it is what it is. I’m looking forward to meeting the new coach. And [assistant coach Larry] Johnson is still there. He’s been honest with me the whole way. I’m looking forward to meeting Coach O’Brien on Sunday. He’s not going to be there Saturday because of the Patriots’ game.

“I’m looking forward to meeting him and seeing what they have to offer and building a relationship with him.”

O’Brien, the New England Patriots’ offensive coordinator, does not plan to join Penn State until after the Patriots complete their season.

As for Nebraska, Wilkerson said the Cornhuskers began recruiting after the scandal at Penn State, with a Huskers assistant coach sending him a message on Facebook to ask if Wilkerson would be interested in his school.

“They needed a tight end, we’ve been talking about it since November,” Wilkerson said. The visit “was real good. I got to see what Nebraska was about, see the facilities, meet the rest of the coaches. I talked to Coach [Bo] Pelini and got to hang out with the players.”

Wilkerson said that while Maryland tried to get back in the picture, he did not seriously consider the Terrapins. Virginia Tech never offered him a scholarship, he said, while Virginia did not have a scholarship available for him.



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