2015 defensive tackle and tight end recruit Christian Wilkins is making rounds as a sophomore after a big season with Suffield Academy, and the Penn State Nittany Lions have offered Wilkins today. This comes exactly one month to the day since Wilkins received the first huge offer in his recruitment, and that offer came from the Florida State Seminoles.
Wilkins also has offers from the Boston College Eagles, Connecticut Huskies, Virginia Cavaliers, and Maryland Terrapins. Major programs like Georgia, UCLA, Rutgers, Michigan State, Miami, Georgia Tech, and Ohio State.
The 6’4″, 290 pound recruit is held in high regard for his blend of size and athleticism. Christian Wilkins also possesses 4.80 speed, and he recorded 49 tackles with six sacks and four forced fumbles last season. He can play as a strong-side defensive end with his size and run defense, but he might be best off as a defensive tackle at the collegiate level. He has the speed to play end, though, and where he plays in college depends on the team recruiting him and their needs.
Penn State and other schools could also bring Wilkins on board as a tight end, because he did catch 12 passes for 209 yard and two touchdowns last season. Wilkins has flashed the ability to play TE, but I would rather play him on the defensive line. The Connecticut prospect is one of the elite recruits in the region in 2015, and the major interest he has accumulated and offers from Florida State and now Penn State show that. Boston College and UConn are the two biggest programs in the region, so it’s telling that they have also sent offers for Wilkins.
The Nittany Lions have offered just ten prospects in the 2015 class so far, so it will be interesting to see how Bill O’Brien and the coaching staff pursue Wilkins early on.