"It really does bother me. It's like they're just taking me for granted
since I committed. We used to talk all the time, but it's slowed down. That's why I want to go check out some other schools. It hasn't been a good year
for them. We'll see what happens."
"My senior season is going pretty well," Wilkins said.
"We're 3-3. We lost a tough game Friday to Arlington, 17-14. It's kind
of frustrating because we're like five plays away from being undefeated. We've just had a few mental mistakes that have cost us each game we lost."
The game against Arlington was another example of a key mental mistake.
"We fumbled the ball on their 12-yard line in the fourth quarter when we were
about to go in for the winning touchdown. We're hoping to eliminate those mistakes
because we have a big one coming against MUS this Friday."
Wilkins has been productive on the field.
"I started the season slow because I was coming off of a MCL tear. I tore
my MCL knee boarding this past July, but I feel just about 100 percent again. I've
rushed for over 1,000 yards and 17 TDs and in the last three games I've rushed
for over 220 yards in each game. It just took a little while for my knee to
heal, but like I said, it feels just about all the way back now."
What improvements has Wilkins seen in his game?
"I'm just a lot stronger now and more physical than I used to be. I'm
a lot harder to tackle now, and I'm hitting the holes a lot harder. That's always a big plus."
Has Wilkins taken in any college games this fall?
"I went to the Auburn-LSU game the other week, and I plan on going down
to Ole Miss this weekend to see them play Auburn."
Where does Scout.com's No. 31 nationally rated running back stand with his Auburn commitment?
"It's still pretty good, but I'm looking around some. I still feel pretty
good about it though. I want to visit Ole Miss and Vandy and maybe Tennessee
but Auburn is still it right now."
What made Auburn the school of choice for Wilkins?
"All of their coaches are really cool but just watching their games is
really frustrating. I love Auburn a lot. I'm going to stick with them for now.
I used to talk to them all of the time, but coach (Curtis) Luper doesn't call
that much anymore. I don't know. I just have to see how it goes."
Does that bother Wilkins that Auburn is not staying in contact?
What does he want to see at Ole Miss while on his visit?
"It's a lot closer to home, for one thing. They have a new coach and they
are doing really well. He's changing that program around. I already know their
coaches really well. I want to see what the game-day atmosphere is like for one.
I want to see the type of plays they run and just get a bigger scope of how things
are run over there on game day."
Wilkins' older brother, Trey, is a walk-on defensive player at Vanderbilt.
"I want to see if they finish the season strong. It's the same thing with
Ole Miss. Both of those programs are on the rise. They're changing their programs
around. It's about the same thing for all three of those schools, Ole Miss, Vandy,
and Tennessee. All three of them are on the rise."
Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org