Manny Wilkins reels in offer No. 1

QB Manny Wilkins

You knew it was only a matter of time before that first offer rolled in for talented Navato (Calif.) San Marino quarterback Manny Wilkins. The dry spell ended Tuesday night when Wilkins landed No. 1 from Arizona.

Manny Wilkins was one of the top offensive players at the recent NLA 7on7 tournament in Las Vegas. He has a very impressive skill set including a great, athletic frame, a very live arm and showed poise and patience in the pocket.

Wilkins cam make every throw and showed the ability to take something off when he needed to and made several nice touch throws as well. We've said it before, but Wilkins just needs reps and more live action, he's still relatively inexperienced at the position but in terms of upside, he might have the highest ceiling of any quarterback out west.

"It definitely feels great to have this first offer," Wilkins said. "It doesn't mean I'm going to stop working, I'm going to work even harder to be the best I can be. I'm very familiar with the Arizona program and they have an explosive offense. Matt Scott had a really successful year and it's cool to see him making a name for himself.

"They have some really nice tools over there and Coach Rodriguez runs a really nice dynamic offense. It means a lot to me to have Arizona as my first offer. I talked to Coach Caponi for about 10 minutes last night and then he said they were offering me a full ride scholarship. I'm going to try and check them out for sure in the spring or summer and I have a lot of interest in them."

Along with the Cats, Wilkins is hearing from several other programs as well. "It's still the same schools that have been talking to me for a while now, mostly Pac 12 and West Coast schools," Wilkins said. "Arizona State, Oregon, Washington, UCLA, Nevada, Utah State and California. I've been talking to the new staff at Cal since they came in and plan to visit in the next week or so.

"I'm also going to ASU's Junior Day, UCLA's QB camp and I'm going to try and get out to the Washington Rising Stars camp. Education is most important to me first and foremost so I'm looking for the best combination of football and academics. I don't have any leaders right now, I'm just trying to stay humble through the process, play it out and then make the best decision for me when it comes to that time."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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