The second of two 5 stars not on Clemson's class is officially coming as DT Christian Wilkins has signed his letter of intent with the Clemson Tigers. Wilkins, from Suffield, CT, is a fantastic pickup from the northeast and full credit goes to Brent Venables for putting the time in to get this guy.
Wilkins measures in at 6'4" and weighs 290 lbs, it would be nice to see him add some weight here though depending on his existing strength it may not be needed. He is pretty athletic and runs a 4.8 40, pretty impressive for a guy his size and I would not want to make him mad.
As we mentioned this one is all down to Brent Venables and Wilkins chose us over offers from Ohio State, Penn State, Boston College, and even Stanford. This seems to be a great pickup by Clemson and it is always nice to get one up on Urban Meyer.
QT's Take: War Daddy (drool...).
Not many negative things to say about Wilkins. Level of competition is low--knock it out at national all-star game. A bit heavy--come in to said all-star game in tip top condition and high step into the end zone on blocked kick. Pad level a bit high--whip up on top offensive tackles for days at all-star game practice. Christian really makes this class elite on the defensive side of the ball. Probably best suited as a 3-tech but could see time at nose for us depending on need. He will work in the 2-deep this year and be an anchor for years to come. While I am high on Pagano--this guy will make the interior a strength as we roll in players. Can stuff the run or rush the passer.
Love the way he handled the recruiting process. He did it his way, didn't give in to all the media pressure that now exists to name leaders etc. He didn't even want the national television spotlight but quietly made his decision on Twitter after talking to family and coaches. On his visit he seemed like a player that others gravitate towards. Looking forward to what Dan Brooks can do with this talent.