The Pac-12 is likely set to get stronger for the future when 4-star defensive end prospect Derek Wilkins announces his commitment on Saturday, August 8. Wilkins, making the announcement of his commitment date on Twitter, is said to be choosing between upward of six schools, but heavy favorites have emerged in Cal, Stanford and UCLA.
I will be announcing my commitment on Saturday, August 8th at noon on Instagram live! @derekwilkinss— D (@derekwilkinss) August 4, 2020
Wilkins is ranked as a four-star prospect, currently sitting as the 16th-best strongside defensive end in the class of 2021. He ranks as the 22nd-best player in the state of California, hailing from Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Rancho Santa Margarita.
He’s a top 250 player, ranking out at 240 on the button, all according to 247Sports.
Also according to 247Sports, he projects as a Day 3 NFL draft prospect and compares to current Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Isaac Rochell. Their national recruiting analyst Greg Biggins pens:
Versatile defensive lineman who can play inside or outside in college. At 6-4, 250 pounds, he moves well, has a quick first step, is strong at the point and can run down plays from behind. Has good lateral mobility, uses his hands well and plays with advanced technique. Can change direction and shows multiple moves to get in to the backfield. Depending on how much bigger he gets in the next few years will determine where he lines up in college but looks like a potential three-tech or strong side defensive end in a 3-4. Projects as a impact upper tier Power 5 starter and future mid round NFL draft pick.
At 6’4, 250 pounds, he’s a big boy, a big get, and a powerhouse addition to any school on his list. He’s said to have at least 20 scholarship offers, but Nebraska, Washington and Boston College are also in consideration with the Bruins, Golden Bears and Cardinal leading the way.
His decision will come on Instagram Live at noon on Saturday — we’ll be watching, will you?