January 6, 2012

Offers heat up for Virginia lineman

Virginia Tech is in hot pursuit of lineman on the East Coast. The 6-foot-3, 315-pounder is a threat both ways and claims four offers to date from teams in the ACC.

"Boston College, NC State, Virginia and Virginia Tech have offered and then I'm getting looked at by Tennessee and Mississippi State," Dumfries (Va.) Potomac Senior 2013 defensive tackle Donta Wilkins said. "Those offers were around early in the year.

"They all came to the school and told me they wanted me to play for them and that they were going to offer me a scholarship to their schools."

What does he think of the offers?

"I like them all, but we'll see who offers. I don't really like any schools."

Wilkins noted visits to Virginia twice this year as well as one trip to Virginia Tech for the Miami game.

"Virginia Tech was a good game all around," he said. "I liked how they kept fighting and didn't give up. The coaching was good.

"Virginia Tech is recruiting me pretty hard. I like the coaching staff. Coach Foster of course is whom I've talked to; I haven't talked to him too much. I don't know a lot about Tech though as I never really followed them much."

Wilkins is considering more trips in the not too distant future to NC State, Boston College and West Virginia possibly.

Meanwhile, Wilkins has ties to a separate school, Northwestern.

"My brother Ivan Wilkins played there in the 90's," he said. "I'm not really favoring them at all, I just want to play college football somewhere."

With that, what is he looking for?

"I just want a college that wants me," he said. "I don't want to just be another player at another college. I want to get a relationship not only with the coaches, but everybody at the school. I want to get a good education while I'm down there. I want somewhere I can call home. I'll go to any place that makes me feel welcome."

A threat both ways earning all-metro, all-district, all-region and all-state honors as a junior. Wilkins is leaning heavily towards defense. It's not particularly shocking after he posted approximately 90 tackles, 27 for loss and 10 sacks on the year.

"Defensive tackle is exactly what I want to play," he said. "I had a pretty good year this season playing both ways.

"I guess I could have done better in some games they needed me in and I got hurt. I'm ready for next year already though."

A starter both as a freshman and sophomore, this was a different year for Wilkins.

"I would say my confidence really sticks out now," he said. "I just know that when I step on the field I'm going to beat the guy in front of me every time."

Still, Wilkins is determined to get better.

"I would like to work on my hand speed still," he said. "My footwork is pretty good, but you can always make everything better. I want to improve on everything."

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