Camden (Ark.) Fairview offensive tackle is among the most coveted offensive linemen in the country, and he’s set for a return trip to the Forty Acres once the 2018 season gets underway. Burnt Orange Nation has confirmed a report from The Football Brainiacs that the Arkansas native will be back in Austin for an official visit when the Texas Longhorns host the USC Trojans on Sept. 15.
This is obviously significant news for Tom Herman and the ‘Horns, as Wilkins was originally scheduled to officially visit Texas in early May, but was unable to make in.
Rather, his official visit tour is set to begin this month.
Thus far, Wilkins has official visits planned to Arkansas on June 13 and then to LSU the following week on June 22. USC was originally set to host Wilkins for an official visit on June 22, but the 6-foot-6.5, 280-pound prospect will reportedly reschedule that trip. Beyond that, Oklahoma is wildly considered the frontrunner for Wilkins’ services, so the Sooners quite likely receive his final official visit. Texas apparently edging out programs such as Alabama and Florida State provides at least a puncher’s chance in this recruitment.
Wilkins notched his Texas offer following a Junior Day visit, and the Longhorns have since been included in his top 10.
With Wilkins now reportedly set to officially visit the Forty Acres after previously cancelling, it appears as if Texas is closer to the top of that group.
Last week, the Longhorns picked up a pledge from five-star offensive tackle Tyler Johnson, and the Longhorns remain in the mix with elite Atascocita product Kenyon Green — the top-ranked prospect in Texas — and four-star Houston North Forest tackle Javonne Shepherd, who both have the Longhorns in their top group, but Wilkins would certainly be a take at the position.
247Sports detailed what makes Wilkins such a prized prospect:
Wilkins possesses an outstanding frame at 6-foot-7, 280 pounds and owns plenty of space to add bulk at the next level. He owns an enormous wingspan that will help him as he develops his pass-blocking skills. He can improve his bending ability as he sometimes plays high and leans, which is expected of a prospect of his height. Wilkins is a tenacious run-blocker who often overwhelms smaller opponents at the point of attack. He plays to the whistle and will take his target to the ground if the opportunity allows. Overall, Wilkins is an offensive tackle prospect who possesses elite physical traits and a high ceiling as he projects to the next level.
As noted, Oklahoma is currently considered the heavy favorite in Wilkins’ recruitment, owning 86 percent of his Crystal Ball projections. On Sept. 15, Texas will get its opportunity to alter those odds and emerge as more of a power player than the ‘Horns are perceived to be at this time.
Wilkins is ranked as the nation’s No. 215 player and as the No. 22 offensive tackle.