Novato (Calif.) San Marin quarterback Manny Wilkins committed to Arizona State in May, so when he got to the Elite 11 and The Opening, there was no pressure on him recruiting wise, but self-induced pressure to help grow the Sun Devils class.
“My job was to recruit other guys and get them to Arizona State. "Michiah Quick of course, and Malachi Dupre, I’m trying to get after him. There are some that might not end up at Arizona State with me but I’m still going to go after."
Wilkins had a solid week in Beaverton and enjoyed the experience.
“It was great,” said Wilkins. “There are a lot of quarterbacks to learn from. Overall, who doesn’t want to be at the Elite 11? It’s a very high honor and I was happy to be out there with the guys competing.”
Wilkins was one of five quarterbacks from California, four of them from the Bay Area, in the Elite 11.
“I think we have a lot of talent and think there is a lot of talent too that isn’t really heard of in Northern California,” said Wilkins. “All of us from Northern California could easily be enemies, but we’re so close to each other and we all look at the position we’re in as a blessing.”
Wilkins said he talks frequently with his future coaches at Arizona State, offensive coordinator Mike Norvell and head coach Todd Graham
“I’m completely committed to Arizona State,” said Wilkins. “I talk to Coach Norvell just about every day and Coach Graham every now and then. I love the fans and I’m completely committed to them and I have a great relationship there with everything. Coach Norvell and I talked for a while when I go to the Elite 11 and he told me to be me and relax and just throw.”
Wilkins said he’s unsure when he’ll visit Arizona State officially, but would like to during the season.