Washington (Pa.) Trinity junior linebacker Ken Wilkins has all the tools necessary to be a big-time player at the collegiate level.
That seems to be the consensus forming amongst coaches regarding the 6-foot-3, 222-pound defensive prospect.
"There have been a lot of coaches coming in," Wilkins said. "Coach (Luke) Fickell from Ohio State and coach (Tom) Bradley from Penn State have come in.
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"I think I'm going to the Penn State Junior Day, and that's coming up real soon. I might go to Ohio State's. Those two and Illinois are my favorites right now."
What does he like about those three Big Ten schools?
"I like Penn State because it's Linebacker U and all, but it's also close to home. I have a teammate up there. Same with Ohio State -- I have a teammate there, too. I went up there over the summer and really liked them.
"Illinois is real cool, too. Coach Pry is the guy recruiting me and I like him a lot. He's been telling me a lot about their school and I want to check into it more."
Illinois has offered while Wilkins is still waiting to receive offers from the two others. Last Monday the Illini offered Wilkins, as did Minnesota and Cincinnati.
Wilkins said he could play outside linebacker or defensive end at the next level.
"I think I'm better as an outside linebacker because I can cover more ground that way," he said. "That's the part of my game that sets me apart. I can also play as a stand-up defensive end, though."
As a junior Wilkins recorded 89 tackles and 11 sacks.