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Nebraska Recruiting: California DE Wilkins Leaves Lincoln Impressed

January 20, 2020
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Recruiting never stops and it's easy to miss the top stories day-to-day. Recruiting analyst Greg Smith recaps all things Nebraska recruiting news, analysis and more so you never miss a thing.


As we recapped in Sunday’s notebook, the Huskers hosted a few key visitors over the weekend. There was just one 2020 official visitor in town. Yet, there were plenty of 2021 prospects in Lincoln to see what the Huskers have to offer. Almost all the prospects in attendance were making return trips to Lincoln. One that was making his first trip to Lincoln is California defensive end Derek Wilkins.

The Huskers impressed Wilkins (6-4, 220) with what he saw in Lincoln, but he wasn’t the only one who felt that way.

“My mom was pretty impressed too,” Wilkins told Hail Varsity. “I know she definitely liked the staff. She was really interested in the way they take care of the players here. Just the love that the coaches have for the players.”

Wilkins was only on campus Saturday but he had a full schedule. He saw the facilities and academic center. Wilkins was also able to get the photo shoot in as well. He spoke with a lot of coaches while on campus but spent most of the day with one in particular.

“I would say [defensive line graduate assistant] Coach [Tony] Washington. He was with me pretty much the whole day,” Wilkins said. “I was able to watch some film with Coach Washington. He taught me a few things I could go back and use during my final year of high school. That was pretty cool learning from a college coach.”

Wilkins did get a chance to briefly speak with Coach Scott Frost. He wasn’t expecting to speak with him but said that it was nice to talk to the head coach. Wilkins left Lincoln without a scholarship offer from Nebraska and said that the topic didn’t come up much but that Nebraska let him know they are interested. 

Defensive line coach Tony Tuioti is scheduled to come by his school this week. Up next, Wilkins thinks he will make his way to Cal’s Junior Day on Feb. 1. As he narrows down his choices, he knows what type of vibe he is looking for in a school. 

“The biggest thing is somewhere I can go that I’m part of a family,” he said. “The guys are willing to do anything for their brothers. I want to have a good relationship with the coaching staff. Guys that I feel comfortable around but I can also play my hardest for. Guys that I know can make me the best version of myself.”

Recruit Watch

>> Brennon Scott, a 2020 linebacker from Bishop Dunne in Texas, committed to UNLV.

>> The Huskers sent out some new edits including this one for Keuan Parker a 2021 defender from Oklahoma. 

>> Arlen Harris Jr., a top 2022 running back, picked up an offer from Kansas State on Monday. 

ICYMI

>> I spoke with Bellevue West standout wide receiver Keagan Johnson (Premium) about his most recent visit to Lincoln. He also gave an updated timeline on his commitment plans.

>> Don’t forget about Greg Austin who also has a new job, writes Derek Peterson in his weekly column.

>> The scoring the Huskers series is back by Peterson. First up is the Nebraska defensive line.

>> Check out the photo gallery from Nebraska’s women’s basketball team’s 74-71 win over Michigan.

 
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