School: Suffield (Conn.) Academy
Pos.: Defensive tackle
Weight: 290 pounds
Regional Ranking: 5
Recruiting Update: Wilkins has offers from Boston College, Connecticut, Florida State, Iowa, Maryland, Ohio State, Penn State, Stanford and Virginia.
Christian Wilkins lines up as a blocking back in Suffield (Conn.) Academy backfield, and at 6-foot-4, 290 pounds, it is a site to behold.
He also spends time at tight end, but what made him the No. 5 prospect in the East Region’s 2015 class is what he does as a defensive lineman, and what he projects to as a defensive tackle.
He already holds nine offers, which is no small feat for a rising junior in Connecticut.
“People can look at it as an honor to be named one of the top players, but I don’t really listen to
Rankings,” Wilkins said. “I still have to go out every week and perform, and to be honest, rankings don’t matter in high school.”
However, there is no denying Wilkins’ get off at the line of scrimmage, his quickness and his power. He also can run plays down from behind, and it has college coaches all over him.
“I think they like mostly that I’m real big and athletic for my size, and I do a lot of good things that an average guy my size can’t do,” Wilkins said. “I think they like how I move well, I have footwork and I can play inside and outside.
“Most of the schools see me as a defensive tackle, but they also know I can play outside, depending on different packages.”
Although Wilkins plays a number of positions, there is no doubt his heart lies on defense.
“Defense is my passion,” he said. “I feel it’s always real fun to run around and there are not as many rules as offense. Tight end is pretty fun, too, but I like defensive end more.”
Scouting Report: Wilkins is explosive and powerful, and it works well with his athleticism and ability to run down plays. He projects as a 3-technique because of his ability to get off quickly at the snap of the ball and get up the field into the backfield. He has raw strength and can overpower offensive linemen, or use his quickness to slip past them.