Wilkins enjoying the process

Wilkins enjoying the process

2014 quarterback Manny Wilkins is hoping to make a decision early in the summer. Read on to find out more about his relationship with the Arizona coaches and more.

It is no secret that Arizona Head Coach Rich Rodriguez would like to bring in a quarterback with each recruiting class. So far, his basket for 2014 holds no commitments from a signal caller, but there are plenty the Wildcats are looking at.

One prospect that may be a particularly good fit for Arizona is Novato (Calif.) San Marin quarterback Manny Wilkins. The dual-threat quarterback has been hearing from multiple schools in the Pac-12, but only holds an offer from one

"I have offers from Utah State, Arizona, Wyoming, and Colorado State," Wilkins said. "There are a lot of schools that are waiting to see where (Kyle Allen) goes and then after that, they may start coming on a bit stronger.

"UCLA, Arizona State, Cal, and Oregon State are coming pretty hard after me, but haven't offered. I've been talking to coaches at USC and Washington lately as well."

With just the four offers, Wilkins is hoping for more, but is holding his cards close at the moment. He is looking at all of the schools equally, but has a soft spot for those that have offered him.

"I don't have any top schools right now," he said. "I'm looking into all of the schools right now, especially the ones that have offered me. It's something special, regardless of the school, for someone to offer to pay for your education and it shows a lot to me. I'm just looking forward to it all.

"I'm just sitting back and enjoying the process. You only go through it once. I'm not taking it for granted. I just want to enjoy it."

As for a timetable, the quarterback is unsure of when he will make his exact decision, but plans on the news coming soon.

"If it happens, it happens," he said. "I would like to make my decision around the early part of summer, right after school gets out."

Throughout the process, Wilkins has been able to talk to numerous coaches, including three at Arizona. He has built a special bond with each of them, with the subject matter coming from their different backgrounds.

"I talk with Coach Caponi, Coach Smith, and Coach Rodriguez pretty frequently," Wilkins said. "It's a pretty good relationship. It's going well and I'm looking forward to taking a trip down there.

"We talk about the little things. I want to major in broadcasting, so I talk to Coach Rodriguez about that because he has some history in it. With Coach Smith, I talk some ball and what they do down there. With Coach Caponi, we just talk about everything, like how the day went and a lot of little things."

Wilkins knows that he wants tp play football in college, but also has aspirations of becoming a professional broadcaster. The quarterback also knows that having a good education will help him reach that goal, which is why it is at the top of his list of things he is looking for in a program.

"The first thing that I'm looking for is a place where I can get a great education," he said. "Secondly, I want to go to a place where I will be comfortable for four years. I don't want to regret that I committed to the school I pick. I just want to be comfortable for four years and not just the first year."

With the quarterback spot still unfilled at Arizona, the roster does have some effect on Wilkins' decision. He plans on competing at whatever school he attends and knows the Arizona coaching staff has a plan.

"For me, wherever I go, I'm going to compete the best of my ability to get that starting spot, but they are giving out the scholarships and they know what they are doing," Wilkins said. "The coaches down there have a plan and hopefully their plan works."

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