2018 Notre Dame Football Recruit Profile: Joe Wilkins Jr.

2018 Notre Dame football defensive back signee Joe Wilkins Jr.

The Notre Dame football program got signed commitments from 27 players from 13 different states during the two “signing periods” this winter.

News-Sentinel.com sports reporter Tom Davis has been writing on the Fighting Irish for nearly two decades and is taking a daily look at each recruit.

PLAYER

Joe Wilkins Jr.

DETAILS

The Irish went down to southwest Florida and got tight end George Takacs, as well as the two-way standout Wilkins Jr.

As a defender, Wilkins Jr. helped North Ft. Myers High to a 9-1 record (unbeaten in regular season) by making 36 tackles and defending five passes. He picked off a couple of passes and also had a fumble recovery.

As a receiver, Wilkins Jr. caught 34 passes for 616 yards and six scores last fall.

SKILLS

Wilkins brings length (6-foot-2) and athleticism and has the ability to play on either side of the ball, but most definitely on special teams quickly.

He is penciled in as a cornerback, but Brian Kelly is keeping his eye on how the inexperienced receivers develop this spring and Wilkins Jr. may be placed there.

RANKINGS

Wilkins Jr. was regarded as one of the best players (12th overall) from the talent-rich state of Florida by 247Sports.

ESPN had him rated as the 83rd best pass-catcher in the country.

COMPETING WITH

For arguments sake, we’ll discuss him as a defensive back here.

In 2018, the Notre Dame secondary is loaded with experience and talent.

All four starters return for Notre Dame in corners Julian Love and Troy Pride Jr., as well as safeties Nick Coleman and Jalen Elliott.

In addition, all four reserves come back in 2018 in corners Nick Watkins and Shaun Crawford, as well as safeties Isaiah Robertson and Devin Studstill.

Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly said last month that Navy transfer Alohi Gilman will be expected to start at safety next September, while D.J. Morgan will compete at safety and Jordan Genmark-Heath at corner.

The Irish secondary is simply loaded for the next few seasons.

TODD LYGHT SAYS

“He is a long, tall athlete and is a really, really smart kid,” Notre Dame cornerback coach Todd Lyght said earlier this week of Wilkins Jr. “I love the way that he competes on both sides of the ball. His length and his ball skills can really make him an outstanding boundary corner.

“His background is more on the offensive side of the ball, which is OK, but he came along in his senior year defensively and became a more sure tackler. With his length and speed, he can become an outstanding press corner.”

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