January 26, 2013

Army adds explosiveness to the 2013 Recruiting Class


One would have to think long and hard to recall a time when wide receiver and explosiveness had any equivalent connotation within the Army offense and/or personnel.

Well, that may change very soon as the Black Knights received the pledge from Athlete/Wide Receiver Anthony Wilkinson out of Broken Arrow (Ok.) Lincoln Christian School.

Just get the ball in Wilkinson's hands and his feet will tell the rest of the story. The 6-foot-1, 180 pounder, who like quarterback commit Ben Okun, has made his decision to become a Black Knight .... sight unseen. Ironically, the two at some point could be Army pass-catch combo of the future.

However, Wilkinson is one of 10 prospects on campus this weekend taking in their official visit to Army. "This is my first time at West Point," said in his conversation with GoBlackKnights.com on Friday. "I expect to be more impressed than I already happen to be. I have already talked to Coach Mumford (John) when I arrived and connected with my player-host, Chris Carnegie.

Wilkinson, who also play cornerback at Lincoln Christian, explain that he kept a low profile after making his commitment to Army the first week of December.

"They offered me about the 3rd week of November and I talked about it with my family, along with my high school coaches and then I called Coach Mumford and told him that I was ready to commit," said Wilkinson, who was named to the All-District 3A-7 and All-Class 3A at wide receiver in Oklahoma this year. "He (Mumford) was very excited .... being here today has made it even more exciting and my commitment more solid."

So what was it that made Wilkinson say yes to Army even prior to his visit? "They have a great tradition, the schools has been around for a long period of time and they produce great leaders .... that's exactly what I want," declared the
prep bound prospect, who said he does have a preference as to which side of the ball he plays on. "I'm being recruited me as an athlete, but I'm more offensive minded."

Statistically in 2012, he pulled down 51 catches for 800 yards, along with 11 touchdowns. Along with double duty as a wide receiver and cornerback, Wilkinson took on the chores of punt returner and kick returner.

Beyond the gridiron, Wilkinson's speed can be documented in his track endeavors where his events include the 100m, 200m, 400m, 4x100, 4x400. His best times are 10.5 in the 100m, 22.4 in the 200m, and 50.1 in the 400m. 

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