LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Through The Opening and this past weekend's Champion Gridiron Kings, Reggie Wilkerson (Citra, Fla./North Marion) has been able to match up against dozens of the nation's top prospects, a rare opportunity even for a prospect playing in the always loaded Sunshine State. The ESPN 300 athlete is taking full advantage of the chance to hone his craft as the multifaceted athlete prepares to play cornerback at the next level.
“These events give me a chance to come out and compete, have fun, and look at different types of playing styles so I can be able to adapt to things at the next level,” Willkerson said. “I think my acceleration out of my breaks has improved a lot since this time last year as well.”
Two weeks ago, Wilkerson, a University of Georgia commitment, joined most of the rest of the Bulldogs’ recruiting class in Athens for Dawg Night.
“Dawg Night was great,” Wilkerson said. “The coaches showed me so much love when I got there. When I arrived at the stadium I was thinking how this is where I am going to be for the next four years. It was just a great feeling for me.”
His trip to the Classic City included some time in the film room with Georgia's secondary coach.
"I think Coach (Scott) Lakatos is a great coach,” Wilkerson said. “When I was in town for a visit we were sitting down and going over different coverages that he runs. I was responding well to everything he does so I think I will fit in well at Georgia.”
Two Georgia commitments will visit Auburn this weekend, but Wilkerson, who has grown close to several prospects in the last six months, feels the Georgia coaching staff need not worry too much about the standout defensive backs switching to their SEC rivals.
“I have been talking to Shaq Wiggins (Tyrone, Ga./Newnan) and Tray Matthews (Newnan, Ga./Newnan), and I think they are both solid to Georgia,” Wilkerson said. “Shaq, Tray, and Tramel Terry (Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek) are like my best friends. I tried to guard Tramel at The Opening and he really gave me a run for my money out there.”
Wilkerson is hoping another one of the top players in the country jumps on board for Georgia soon.
“We have one of the best classes in the country and I am trying to get Alvin Kamara (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) to join us next,” Wilkerson said. “He has such speed out of the backfield and he has great hands and acceleration, so I think he could help us a lot.”
At one point in his recruitment, Wilkerson was hoping to earn offers from nearby programs, including Florida and Florida State. But the nation's No. 15-ranked athlete is fine with the way the process unfolded and excited about the coaches who thought enough of him to extend a scholarship.
“I love that Georgia showed me so much love, and for one of the top schools in the nation to offer me like that, it shows how good of a player you are,” he said. “If any of the in-state schools offer and come after me, it would not be hard to stick with Georgia. It might be different if I was not committed, but everyone had a fair chance to come after me before then, so it is what it is.”