Sunday, November 25, 2012
Tiger pledge Jordan Wilkins adjusts plan
By Dave Hooker
Jordan Wilkins will consider other options in light of Auburn's coaching change this weekend.
One of the Tigers' highest-rated commitments, the ESPN 300 running back from Cordova (Tenn.) St. Benedict said that he will look at other colleges following head coach Gene Chizik's firing.
"I have some thinking to do," the four-star tailback said.
An in-state school, Tennessee, could play a prominent role in Wilkins' recruitment. The Volunteers are currently looking for a new coach to replace former coach Derek Dooley, who was fired last week.
"They were on me," Wilkins said of the Vols. "Haven't heard from them in awhile but I'd like to. They're still in the picture."
If Tennessee hires a coach that Wilkins is fond of, a commitment would make sense. The Vols are in need of a power tailback, which they haven't had in several seasons. When asked what he is looking for in a college, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound prospect said, "Playing time. Coaches I'd love to play for and good relationships with them."
Wilkins said he currently has the best relationships with Vanderbilt and Ole Miss. Both are incredibly hot in recruiting.
Ole Miss ranks No. 21 in the country in recruiting and could be close to landing the nation's top prospect, defensive end Robert Nkemdiche from Loganville (Ga.) Grayson. Vanderbilt has the No. 17 class in the nation.
"I will visit places but I haven't set any yet," Wilkins said.
Wilkins is the eighth-highest rated commitment in Auburn's 19-man class for 2013. He is one of 11 prospects rated as a four-star prospect or higher.