March 8, 2007

Wilks' plan is not a fast one

Smyrna, Tennessee (Smyrna High School) wide receiver Rodriguez Wilks has plenty of reason to be a Vol given his brother Marsalous Johnson is playing in the Tennessee secondary, but for the 6-foot-1, 195 pound Wilks the recruiting process is just getting started.

"Tennessee leads," Wilks confirmed. "But I want to see some other schools. I have been close to committing, but I am still debating things."

And debating things for now means no early decision is planned.

"I am looking at Tennessee hard like I said," Wilks offered. "They are my favorite but I am going to take all five visits. I am not doing anything early. I am going to take all five visits and then a couple of weeks after my last visit I am going to decide."

Wilks is not sure what five schools he will visit for sure, but right now the early bet is on Tennessee, LSU, Florida, Alabama and South Carolina. Wilks said he has written offers from all of them.

Obviously, with his brother on Tennessee's campus, Wilks has a great feel for the Vols. He has been to Knoxville numerous times and will be in town later this month.

"I am coming up for the spring game," Wilks said. "They are having junior recruiting day and I want to see my brother play. He says things are going good for him this spring so far."

As for the recruiting process, Wilks said his brother's advice has been pretty simple.

"My brother would love for me to come to Tennessee and he has told me that," Wilks said. "But he told me to choose the right school for me and that wherever I go he has my back. It's my choice and I have to do what is best for me. Right now, I am just focusing on my last year of high school then will tackle the recruiting stuff."

This summer, Wilks will attend Tennessee's camp in June and is planning on going to Alabama's camp as well as he works to improve his game.

"The coaches say they like my game," Wilks said. "They seem to like my hands and I just play the game. I try to be a nice all around receiver. My goal is to always get the max out of each play that is why I don't lose yards after catches. I don't run backwards trying to make something happen that it's there. If five yards is all that is there, then I am going to get five yards. This summer I want to work on my quickness. I think I have a good first step, but it can be better so I am trying to improve my quickness and get bigger."

And while, Wilks works on getting quick don't look for his recruitment to be a quick one.

Last year, Wilks had 60 catches for 945 yards and 14 touchdowns.



 

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