Wilkerson leaves Athens with offer as CB

As a sophomore, Reggie Wilkerson (Citra, Fla./North Marion) starred for the Colts at quarterback for 967 yards passing, 300 yards rushing, and 12 touchdowns in 2010. Last fall, the 5-foot-11, 175-pound junior put up 750 all-purpose yards with six scores on offense, this time playing more at wide receiver. But when projecting to the next level, Wilkerson’s upside might be greatest as a cornerback, and several colleges have extended scholarships with the same thing in mind.

Coming into his visit Friday to Athens, Duke, Iowa State, USF and Utah had all offered Wilkerson, and the University of Georgia became offer No. 5 late Friday afternoon. UGA recruiter of record John Lilly had mentioned the news might be coming, so when Wilkerson entered head coach Mark Richt’s office, he wasted no time checking to see where things stood.

“I asked [Richt] when they might offer, and Coach Richt said I had an offer right now,” Wilkerson said. “I was just smiling big when he said that; I could not believe it. They are a top-25 program, so it makes me feel good that they think I am a good enough athlete to help their program.”

The Bulldogs like Wilkerson’s potential on defense, and the Sunshine State standout is comfortable making the full-time transition in college.

“Georgia said they want me to come in ready and play some defensive back, and I would not have a problem with that at all,” Wilkerson said.

Wilkerson pointed out several aspects of his introduction to the Classic City, comparing it favorably with the other campus he has visited.

“My time in Athens went really well and I got a chance to meet the coaches and check out the school,” Wilkerson said. “The love that the coaches showed me kept a smile on my face the entire time. When I walked on their field it just felt like home.. I have seen Florida and Georgia so far and both programs are well-known and there is a lot of campus support for the athletic programs, which I like.”

If Wilkerson decided to become a Bulldog he would do so knowing that family support is not too far away.

“My sister went with me and she really liked it as well,” Wilkerson said. “She lives in Jonesboro so I would have family right down the road if I went to Georgia.”

The talented athlete plans to enroll early at the program of his choice, so with that in mind, he has already set a decision date.

“I will be committing the last week in August,” Wilkerson said. “Georgia will definitely be in the mix over the next few months and I will be back for sure.”

Miami USF and FSU are other programs Wilkerson said he hopes to visit soon.