ESPN 300 TB Wilkins has new interest

Coaching changes can be handled very differently.

Take for instance Gene Chizik's firing at Auburn. There doesn't seem to be much recruiting happening from The Plains. Just ask one of the Tigers' higher-rated commitments, Jordan Wilkins, the four-star tailback from Cordova (Tenn.) St. Benedict. Has he heard from the school he committed to since Chizik was let go on Sunday?

"No," Wilkins stated via text message on Thursday, "I haven't talked to anyone."

Arkansas and Tennessee are handling coaching transitions much differently. With partial staffs in place, both schools have contacted Wilkins, who said he "has some thinking to do" following Chizik's dismissal.

Those schools aren't just relying on phone calls, emails or Facebook messages, either. Recruiters are going to visit Wilkins. Tennessee receivers coach Darin Hinshaw already has visited Wilkins. Arkansas coaches are tentatively scheduled to visit Wilkins on Friday.

Ole Miss could prove to be the team to beat if those other teams don't secure their coaching futures soon. The Rebels finished 6-6 last week to become bowl eligible.

In recruiting, they are in the running for several top prospects and considered the leader for the No. 1 prospect in the country: defensive end Robert Nkemdiche from Loganville (Ga.) Grayson. The Rebels class currently ranks No. 21 in the nation. Vandy was tentatively scheduled to visit Wilkins on Thursday.

Auburn's hold on Wilkins seems tenuous at best. When asked if he is still committed to the Tigers, he texted, "Um I guess."