Jordan Wilkins' commitment to Ole Miss was all about relationships. It all started during his official visit to Oxford, Miss., on Jan. 18.
"Ever since then I just got really tight with my coaches," the ESPN 300 tailback from Cordova (Tenn.) St. Benedict said. "When i was down there I felt real comfortable."
Sure, the chance to play in the SEC just an hour away from Wilkins' home was also a factor. There's also the atmosphere and facilities at Ole Miss, but Wilkins continued to come back to the connection he made with Ole Miss' coaches as the primary reason he'll be a Rebel.
"The main thing was the relationships," Wilkins said.
Wilkins was recruited by offensive recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach Maurice Harris and becomes a part of an amazing class. Ole Miss' 2013 class is currently ranked No. 13 in the nation. That ranking figures to improve soon. The Rebels are thought to be in the lead for the nation's No. 1 overall prospect, defensive end Robert Nkemdiche from Loganville (Ga.) Grayson.
"It's amazing," Wilkins said of the class. "I don't think it's ever been done at Ole Miss. It's not done yet, I don't think. We're all excited about it. We're going to do some great things.
Wilkins said Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Texas Christian made the strongest push for him after he de-committed from Auburn last month. Vandy seemed to have an inside track, as Wilkins' brother, Trey Wilkins, is a sophomore receiver for the Commodores.
Tennessee offered the younger Wilkins a chance to play early. The Vols are in desperate need of a power tailback. Wilkins considered an official visit to Knoxville but never made the trip.
"I was interested," the 6-foot-1, 210-pound prospect said. "They started hopping on me late but it was too late to put too much interest in them. I kind of already had my mind made up."
Wilkins is the No. 234 prospect in the country, the No. 21 tailback in the nation and the No. 3 prospect in Tennessee.