Thursday, April 11, 2013
Lengthy trip worth it for California QB
By Damon Sayles
The Elite 11 regional competition is scheduled to make a stop May 17 in San Francisco. Quarterback Manny Wilkins (Novato, Calif./San Marin) couldn’t wait that long.
This past weekend, Wilkins -- who lives roughly 20 minutes away from the San Francisco 49ers' practice facility, the home of the Elite 11 regional -- hopped on a plane to Houston and then drove to Dallas for the Elite 11 on Saturday and the Nike Football Training Camp on Sunday. While he didn’t earn an invitation to the Elite 11 national competition, he did take home a Golden Gun jersey, given to players whose accuracy shines throughout the event.
Many might ask: Why take the flight versus waiting until next month?
“There are a lot of great quarterbacks in Texas,” said Wilkins, who is 6-foot-2 and 172 pounds, and holds four offers. “I used to live in Houston my freshman year, so I’m familiar with how big it is with football.
“It’s definitely not as big in California as it is [in Texas]. They breathe, sweat and eat football here. It was a great experience to get out here and throw against some of the best guys in the country.”
Wilkins has offers from Arizona, Colorado State, Utah State and Wyoming. He also has interest from Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona State, Washington, Michigan and Oklahoma.
He said he’s considering competing at the San Francisco Elite 11 regional, but if he had to do everything over again he’d jump on the plane and fly to Texas for the Dallas regional.
“It’s a great opportunity, something a lot of guys don’t get the opportunity to do,” Wilkins said. “You just have to have the mindset you’re going to be the best player.”