St. Benedict at Auburndale High School (Cordova, Tenn.)
6’1 210 Lbs.
Chose Ole Miss over Vanderbilt.
Previously committed to Auburn.
Wilkins also had offers from Arkansas, Michigan, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Tennessee and Wisconsin among others.
Committed to Ole Miss on Feb. 2, 2013.
Possible playing time in 2013: Last season the Rebels were marred by the lack of a power running back. The absence of Brandon Bolden was gaping and likely cost Ole Miss an upset victory over Texas A&M where Hugh Freeze was forced to run a shotgun-draw with Jeff Scott on 4th-and-inches. Freeze got a commitment from Peyton Barber, the only power back out of the four that the Rebels had committed, but he flipped to Auburn after Wilkins pledged to Ole Miss. While the other six backs that figure to see time are all speed or all-purpose backs, Wilkins is the only one who can get tough yards as a power back. Wilkins likely won’t carry the ball 8-10 times in any single game, but he figures to have at least one opportunity every game and figures to get a few red zone scores.
Wrap-up: Think the opposite of Scott. Wilkins is as north-south as it gets and finds space quickly and hits it. He also hits whoever is in his way and runs angrily. Despite his size and his power, he can be shifty in open space. He can slide left or right and has good flexibility in the open field. There are big runs to be had for Wilkins and he has sneaky speed. We will see Wilkins right away and he should be a factor all four years in Oxford.