- Tom VanHaaren, RecruitingNation
Running back is a big position of need for Michigan in the 2013 class despite the fact the Wolverines signed Drake Johnson and Dennis Norfleet in 2012. The coaching staff has already identified some of the top backs in the country, and offers have been extended throughout the past few weeks.
One of the recipients of an offer from the Wolverines is Jordan Wilkins (Cordova, Tenn./Saint Benedict), a 6-foot, 205-pound versatile back.
"I'm listed as a bigger back, but I like to get outside just as much as I like to go up the middle and run somebody over," he said. "I don't have a [particular] offense. We run Wildcat now with me at quarterback, we run the I, two-back sets, we pretty much do it all."
Because of his versatility, Wilkins says he doesn't have a specific preference for an offensive system at the college level as long the team runs the ball.
"That's what Michigan told me that they're going to get back to the power offense and run the ball," he said.
His first offer came last summer before his junior season from Tennessee after he was named MVP at its camp. He now holds offers from Michigan, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Purdue, Arkansas and Memphis.
Wilkins says growing up he always wanted an offer from Ole Miss, but once some of the bigger schools started calling it opened his mind to other options. That's one reason why he is intrigued by Michigan.
"I don't know much about them, all my family are big Ohio State fans because they live in Ohio," he said. "I know that Michigan and Ohio State is a big rivalry, and I heard the game day atmosphere and stadium is ridiculous."
While he has family in Ohio, he also has family in the Detroit area. One of his uncles is in the automotive industry, so he's already comfortable and familiar with the Midwest.
"I usually visit my family in the summertime, so I'll probably come up for their camp," he said. "If it's a three-day camp then I'll take all three days, but knowing that I've been up there before that helps."
Wilkins also finds himself hearing from programs such as Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Stanford and Oregon. A list that proves he can be a fit for any kind of offense. He doesn't have a set top list for now, but said if he had to name some schools that were sticking out he could.
"Right now I don't have a top list, but it was Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Alabama, Ohio State and now that Michigan popped in there that's probably my top five," he said.
A top five that is undoubtedly going to change.
Wilkins says he would like to take his time with a decision but would ideally like to have it done before his season starts. He will look at the offense that's run, what running backs are coming back so he can see if he has a shot at playing early, and if there is a stable coaching staff on board.
Running back is a big position of need for Michigan in the 2013 class despite the fact the Wolverines signed Drake Johnson and Dennis Norfleet in 2012.