RB Mikale Wilbon getting more looks


Offensive lineman Jamarco Jones (Chicago/De La Salle) has been racking up the offers, but classmate and 2014 running back Mikale Wilbon has been turning heads as well. Wilbon has only an offer from Purdue, but plenty of schools have recently inquired about the shifty running back.

"Ohio State has been in contact a lot, Michigan State, Arizona State, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Vanderbilt, USC, Cincinnati and Indiana have all been in contact," he said. "Michigan was in contact with me, but it hasn't been as much as the other schools yet."

Wilbon is listed at 5-foot-9, 190 pounds, so he isn't the bigger back that Michigan has been targeting in recent classes. The Wolverines did take a pledge from Dennis Norfleet, who is a smaller back, and the staff has had success with smaller backs in the past, so it's not out of the question for Wilbon to pique the interest of the Michigan coaching staff.

It won't be too difficult for him if he continues to have the type of success he already has had in his first three games of his junior season. Wilbon says he has rushed for more than 500 yards and eight touchdowns this season and has surprised a lot of people with his play.

"I talk to a lot of scouts and they're surprised that I'm not 6-2 with the numbers that I've been putting up," he said. "They look at my size and see those numbers and they're shocked. I'm not the tallest guy but I'm still strong, fast, quick and elusive."

He hasn't heard too much from Michigan yet, but he is hoping that communication does pick up. He didn't grow up rooting for one team, but he remembers seeing the Wolverines on TV as a young kid.

"I used to watch Michigan play with my great-grandfather. We used to watch the games together because he was a fan," he said. "I used to look up to [Michigan] because of my great grandfather."

He says he's open to any school, and is just enjoying the process for now. Wilbon would like to hear from more schools from the Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC but is content with the programs he has been in contact with up to this point.

Distance won't be a factor in his recruitment as long as his parents are able to travel to his games to see him play. A decision won't be in the near future though, so Wilbon has plenty of time to figure out the best fit for him. While nothing is set up he said it would be cool to announce his decision on the same day as Jones and put hats on a table together.

That doesn't mean that they'll end up at the same school, but they would like to hold the event together.