Wilkinson: Visit to West Point sealed deal

Anthony Wilkinson

Anthony Wilkinson is being brought in to West Point as an athlete and for good reason. At Lincoln Christian High School in Tulsa, Okla. he played wide receiver, both defensive back positions, and kick and punt return. Wilkinson caught ArmySports.com up to date on his spring and how he's readying himself to go into Prep this summer.

Anthony Wilkinson is being brought in to West Point as an athlete and for good reason. At Lincoln Christian High School in Tulsa, Okla. he played wide receiver, both defensive back positions, and kick and punt return. On his official visit to the Academy, which he took in January, he met with multiple position coaches. Wilkinson caught ArmySports.com up to date on his spring and how he's readying himself to go into Prep this summer.

"Things are going really good for me," said Wilkinson. "I'm running track, but I'm also doing football workouts like running routes, lifting, and try to stay in top shape. I'll be reporting to Prep on July 23rd and I want to go in and not just start but make an impact. I want to be the go-to-guy, a leader, and be considered one of the top players on the team."

It was John Mumford who was in charge of Wilkinson recruiting. Army didn't extend their offer until late fall, but when they did it didn't take Wilkinson long to commit to the Black Knight coaches.

"Last May right after my junior year is when I first began talking to Army," he said. "They offered me the third week of November and I committed two weeks later. Coach Mumford said he liked the fact that I could play different positions, he thought I was fast and a game-changer as he called it. I'll play either wide receiver, safety, or cornerback. I'd prefer wide receiver. It's always been my favorite position."

Wilkinson, 6-foot-1, 175-pounds, chose Army over Air Force and strong overtures from the local university, Tulsa. Although he committed earlier, Wilkinson said it was his official visit to West Point that sealed the deal.

"The tradition at the Academy was probably the biggest selling point for me," Wilkinson said. "I get to play D-1 football at a school with high academics. The environment just felt right. I actually like the military part of it. I feel like I'm a very disciplined person who'll do well in that type of situation. One of my good friends is going to the Air Force Academy and he was telling me what it's like. I'm excited about it."

A three year starter for the Lincoln Christian Bulldogs, Wilkinson was named first team All-State in Oklahoma 3A and All-District in what was clearly his breakout season.

"I had close to 1,000 receiving yards on 60 catches," Wilkinson noted. "At defensive back I had 60 tackles and two picks. Confidence was a big reason I had a successful year. I wasn't afraid and kept my composure. In previous season, I think I was too timid and after making the catch I looked for the quickest way out. This year I wanted to make some happen every time I had the ball in my hands."

Wilkinson has a 10.1 best in the 100 meter dash and a 22.1 best in the 200. He also competes in the relay events. Academics are a big reason Wilkinson chose West Point. He's looking at majoring in Communications or Business Management at the Academy.

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