May 6, 2009

Will Wilkins get an Ohio State offer?

The Buckeyes have had a good history with Trinity high school in Washington (Pa.) with two current players having graduated from that program. Now the Buckeyes have turned attention to class of 2010 defensive end/linebacker Ken Wilkins and even though the 6-foot-3, 235-pounder doesn't currently hold an offer there is mutual interest.

Wilkins has made the trip west on I-70 to check out the Buckeyes and spend time Andrew Sweat and Andy Miller who both played for Trinity high school. Wilkins was most recently in Columbus (Ohio) for the jersey scrimmage a week before the spring game and also hosted coach Luke Fickell at his school as the spring evaluation period got under way.

"They are still showing me love," Wilkins said. "They are sending me a lot of stuff and coach Fickell said that they will probably offer me after I take my SATs which will be on June 6th so I am really excited about that."

Wilkins has a lot of flexibility to go along with his 6-foot-3 frame with a recently recorded 4.61 in the 40-yard dash to go along with a 365-pound bench press max and a 31 inch leap in the vertical jump. The Western Pennsylvania star already has more than a dozen offers at this point and is not ready to start narrowing his list but a couple of schools have piqued his interest as of late.

"Michigan has been showing me a lot of love and they offered me last week so I like them a lot," Wilkins said. "I also like Pitt and West Virginia and most of the local schools and such."

Wilkins admits that he would take an Ohio State offer very seriously if one were to come after taking care of his standardized test.

"If they offer me I am going to sit and down and focus where I can play at and what's the support like in the academic system because that is big for me and just go from there," Wilkins said. "But they could really (jump up) because I like them a lot."

The Buckeyes have talked to Wilkins about the LEO position but Wilkins could play one of many positions in college depending on the need and the defensive scheme that is used.

"(I am looking for) pretty much a good scheme, which Ohio State does," Wilkins said. "Things that can utilize my talent because I can do a lot of things, I don't just play defensive end because I can play linebacker and I could probably play safety and things like that."

Wilkins was a sophomore while Sweat was a senior in high school and the older player has been able to pass on some wisdom of the recruiting process to his younger teammate. The two players played the same position in high school so there was plenty of time for the two to build the bond of friendship. What types of things has Sweat said to Wilkins in preparation for the process?

"He just told me to take my time and make the right decision," Wilkins said. "I actually talked to him the last time I went to OSU, the open scrimmage the week before the spring game. I hung out with him and Andrew Miller and we went out to eat lunch and we talked about a lot of stuff."

Last season Wilkins finished with 89 tackles, 11 sacks and two fumble recoveries. Experts believe that Wilkins' senior season could be even better or at least that is what the coaches (both high school and college) are expecting.

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