Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Tar Heels land Boiling Springs Crest athlete Wilkins

Boiling Springs Crest High senior quarterback Reggie Wilkins spent Saturday watching North Carolina dismantle The Citadel in Chapel Hill. It kind of took his mind off his wisdom teeth, which he had had removed last Tuesday.

“He looked like a Chipmunk after the surgery,” said Crest coach Roy Kirby. “We didn’t want to take any chances with him, so we held him out of Friday night’s game with T.C. Roberson.”

Wilkins watched the Citadel blowout, then forgot all about his former teeth. He committed to North Carolina’s Class of 2010.

“He and his brother have been Carolina fans all their lives,” said Crest coach Roy Kirby. “I knew that somewhere deep in his heart, there was something special for the Tar Heels.”

That said, it wasn’t an easy call.

“It was real close between Carolina and N.C. State,” Kirby said.

“He went to State and had a really good camp and really liked the coaches. Then he went to Carolina and had a really good camp and really liked the coaches. I think he scored seven touchdowns in one day there.

"He does things that make you go, 'Wow!'"

Both schools had offered scholarships, as had Clemson, Colorado and Louisville.

Colorado never saw him in person; they looked at his film twice and decided they had to have him,” Kirby said.“But I think he finally just got tired of the recruiting process and said, ‘I’m going to go ahead and do it.”

Kirby believes North Carolina will use the 5-foot-9, 165-pound Wilkins as a wide receiver, likely in the slot.

But there’s business to take care of first. Crest runs an offense similar to Appalachian State’s, which allows Wilkins plenty of leeway to run when that’s available. He rushed for over 100 yards and a TD in the season opener with Burns.Next up is arch-rival Shelby.

The news for now, though, is that Reggie Wilkins is a future Tar Heel. And his teeth feel just fine.

--Stan Olson

I'm back after a fine Labor Day weekend; hope you folks had the same. Email with recruiting news at solson@charlotteobserver.com


Anonymous said...

The oxycodon must not have worn off yet. Once it does, he'll reconsider his decision since he was under the effect of pain medication.

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