The Mississippi Rebels continued their recruiting hot streak by securing a commitment from St. Benedict’s star Jordan Wilkins on Saturday.
Wilkins had originally committed to Auburn last summer, but instead chose the Rebels after Tigers’ coach Gene Chizik and his staff were relieved of their duties at the end of last year.
Wilkins, the 10th best ranked running back in his class, will make the signing official Wednesday as part of the National Signing Day ceremonies.
The allure of playing with his brother, wide receiver Trey Wilkins, at Vanderbilt had been a possibility, while Arkansas and Tennessee were also in the picture, but the 6-2, 205-pounder eventually opted to go with Mississippi.
“I knew that was where I wanted to go all along,” Wilkins told the Memphis Commercial Appeal. “They’ve been recruiting me for a long time and it’s close enough for me to go home and come back in one day.
“We’re really excited; I’m ready for some great things.”
Wilkins is a top shelf athlete- he clocks below 4.5 in the 40-yard dash and rushed 1,546 to go with 18 touchdowns as a junior. His work ethic in the weight room is also said to be impressive.
Despite missing much of last season with a broken leg, Wilkins still managed to average over 150 yards per game for St Benedict and remained a 4-star prospect.
Wilkins is Mississippi’s 24th commitment for 2013, however, rumors are circulating that Wilkins’ presence could send four-star tailback Peyton Barber elsewhere. Barber is visiting Auburn this weekend.