May 4, 2012

Four-star Wilkins outlines summer plans

Cordova running back Jordan Wilkins got away from some of the recruiting talk Thursday afternoon as the four-star prospect led his team on the practice field in the heat for the start of spring practice.

"It's been getting hectic," the 6-1, 203 pound Wilkins said. "Ole Miss, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Arizona State, Michigan and Arkansas have all been by the school. Texas Tech just offered as well. That offer and the Arizona State coaches visiting was a real surprise because I hadn't talked to either of them."

Wilkins is expecting Tennessee running backs coach Jay Graham to see him scrimmage next week and has enjoyed getting to know assistant Darin Hinshaw, who recruits West Tennessee, better.

"Coach Hinshaw really impresses me," Wilkins offered. "He is real with you when he talkes to you. A lot of coaches tell you what they think you want to hear and that's not coach Hinshaw's style. He tells me that I'm the back they want."

Wilkins said he understands if his game is in question a bit thanks to a poor performance at camp at Tennessee last year.

"I don't remember what I ran," Wilkins said. "I just know I had a bad day. I recently ran a 4.41 at a Rivals camp and I'm 20 pounds heavier than I was last summer."

After spring football is over, Wilkins hopes to make part of his summer vacation to be an exploration into some schools.

"I'm planning on coming up to Tennessee in July," Wilkins said. "I'm also planning on taking a trip to see Alabama and Auburn."

Wilkins will then make a trip north to see some schools.

"We are going to go see Michigan, Ohio State and Cincinnati," Wilkins explained.

And in the meantime, schools will continue to show up in Cordova to see what Wilkins is all about. ranks Wilkins a four-star prospect and the 18th-best running back in the country.

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