With the loss of Branden Smith and Sanders Commings from the CB spot, Scott Lakatos and Todd Grantham will be looking for new DBs ready to play this fall. Joining JJ Green this spring will be Citra, FL's Reggie Wilkerson as a freshman competing for those minutes. A 5'11 speedster, Wilkerson looks poised to make his mark in Athens.
The North Marion star played TB, WR and QB, as well as CB in high school, as you can see in the video below from his junior season.
Wilkerson will be raw as a CB, but the physical tools are all there. The speed, hips, and ball skills are exactly what you want. He is a willing hitter, although he has some work to do in tackling. His frame is slender, but appears capable of adding a good 15-20 pounds, which should help tremendously in his tackling and ability to misdirect opposing WRs off the line.
But you can't teach speed, and Wilkerson has it in abundance. His time at QB should also be a benefit when it comes to making reads, as we've seen in players like Bacarri Rambo and Sean Jones, among others. The ball skills are there, so the coaches can examine option of him playing as a return man or as a slot receiver should there be a need.
For a player like Wilkerson, enrolling early will be of immeasurable value in his freshman season. He'll have 9 months in our S&C program to add weight and strength. He'll have a spring practice to improve his technique. Coming in so raw, without that experience a redshirt season would be almost inevitable. But with the need for immediate action in the defensive backfield, enrolling this semester puts Wilkerson in line to play this fall.