Chicago De La Salle four-star running back Mikale Wilbon missed several games during his junior season with a leg injury, but the film he did have from this year has generated loads of interest and six scholarship offers to date.
On Monday the 5-foot-9, 190-pound Wilbon landed offer No. 5 from Arizona State - his first from a non-Big Ten school.
"I was talking to them [Monday] and they want me to come out there Jan. 26 for their elite junior day," Wilbon said. "He said all the offered athletes were invited, so I asked him, 'am I offered?' He said they offered me a long time ago, but I just found out it was official."
Wilbon had been in close contact with Arizona State coaches for several months prior to receiving their scholarship offer and already has a level of familiarity with the program.
"I have been talking to them since the middle of football season," Wilbon said. "I have been watching their games, I really like them and think I could fit into their spread offense. I know when I visit their junior day I will know more. I want to see what they are about and want to put them into consideration."
Mississippi State followed up Arizona State's offer with one of their own on Tuesday, bringing the four-star back to a total of six scholarship offers. Previous offers have come from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Purdue with new schools entering the picture every week.
"I have been talking a lot to Minnesota, Washington and a little bit with Wisconsin and Michigan State," Wilbon said. "The head coach from Wisconsin went to Arkansas, and I get mail from Arkansas too."
Wilbon has been focusing on his finals this month and has not been able to take in any bowl practices at college programs. He plans to restart visits in January and would like to visit Arkansas, Washington and Mississippi State as well as attend Arizona State's Jan. 26 junior day.