Two weeks after decommitting from Auburn, running back Jordan Wilkins (Cordova, Tenn./St. Benedict at Auburndale) gave his verbal pledge to Ole Miss on Saturday.
Considered a four-star by 247, ESPN, Rivals, and Scout, the power back is a part of the immaculate and ever-expanding haul by Ole Miss. At 6’1 and 210 Lbs., he is a big back who is still able to run with a low center of gravity. His biggest strength may be his innate ability of finding the hole quickly and springing through it.
Wilkins is the fifth running back commitment this offseason for Hugh Freeze, joining Mark Dodson Jr. who is already enrolled, Kailo Moore, Eugene Brazley, and Peyton Barber. Moore and Brazley are believed to be firm commitments to Ole Miss at this time, but the picture is not as clear for Barber. The three-star back from Alpharetta, Ga. was firm to Ole Miss as late as Friday night, but he has made his way to Auburn for an official visit and that appears to be a likely destination. There has not been an official report released on Barber’s switch, but with the late visit and the commitment of another big back in Wilkins, it is all spelled out.
Lost in the hoopla of Antonio Conner, Chris Jones, and Laremy Tunsil, has been the importance that Wilkins could have on this class. There is not a running back on the roster who is considered a power back, with none of the commitments (aside from Barber) matching that classification either. He displays good speed for his size and a player like him is the difference between first downs and 4th and 1’s.
He chose Ole Miss over his other finalists of Arkansas, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt. Wilkins had an impressive offer sheet that also featured scholarships from Alabama, Michigan, Nebraska, and Wisconsin among others.
Signing day is just three days away and things are shaping up to be historic in Oxford. The Wilkins commitment only adds to the depth and prestige of the 2013 class for Freeze and staff.