The California Golden Bears received one of their highest-ranked commitments for the class of 2021 just a few weeks ago when 247Sports 4-star DE Derek Wilkins pledged to the Bears.
Though a 3-star recruit on the 247Sports Composite, the recruiting outfit ranks him as a four-star prospect and as the 16th-best defensive end in the class. He’s the 21st-ranked player in the state of California, and standing 6’4, 250 pounds from Santa Margarita Catholic, Wilkins is a huge in-state get for head coach Justin Wilcox and Co.
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.
So, while we’re not sure if Wilkins will suit up for his high school team again, due to the coronavirus pandemic pushing California fall sports to at least January, let’s take a look at Wilkins high school highlights to date.