Exit Kenny Wilkins

Submitted by Brian on March 14th, 2013 at 12:51 PM

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in the wild

As speculated yesterday, the opening of spring practice brought with it news of departures. None are significant in terms of playing time, as they consist of a couple walk-ons and the uber-buried, but one guy was a scholarship player: Kenny Wilkins.

The writing had been on the wall in regards to Wilkins for a long time. He was left off the fall camp roster last year in favor of walk-ons*; my only memory of him is that one time he got destroyed by walk-on OL in Brady Hoke's first spring game, paving the way for the one offensive play of any significance. He was slated to be a redshirt junior this year.

This does open up a scholarship slot. Michigan is currently at 86 players, and may be at 85 depending on just which of the kickers/snappers have scholarship slots this year.

As a recruit, Wilkins was 3/4 star tweener regarded as an athlete that didn't really know how to play football. His recruiting post prediction is not too wince inducing:

General Excitement Level: Moderate. It will take a lot of development to get Wilkins up to a playing weight, and his lack of technique could hold him back. He's a boom or bust (or meh) sort of guy.

At least he gives us another opportunity to regard the wreckage that was Rich Rodriguez's disastrous 2010 recruiting class. Hard hats required for next paragraph entry.

GONE: Cullen Christian, Kenny Wilkins, Demar Dorsey, Austin White, Carvin Johnson, Terry Talbott, Terrence Talbott, Christian Pace, Davion Rogers, Jerald Robinson, Ricardo Miller, Conelius Jones, Stephen Hopkins, DJ Williamson, Antonio Kinard, Ray Vinopal.


ON TEAM, <10 MEANINGFUL SNAPS: Jordan Paskorz, Josh Furman, Marvin Robinson, Richard Ash

GUYS WHO HAVE PLAYED SOME FOOTBALL: Devin Gardner, Jake Ryan, Jeremy Jackson, Jibreel Black. UPDATE: Courtney Avery and Drew Dileo as well.

Four Six guys out of 27. Good gravy.

*[You are limited to 105 players, IIRC. Obviously not being in the top 105 players is not a great sign for your viability.]



March 14th, 2013 at 1:00 PM ^

What a disaster that '10 class has been.  Just 6 guys out of 27 who actually play football (I am including Marvin Robinson in this number still), only three of whom are legitimate starter caliber for a team that expects to compete for Big Ten championships (that three includes Hagerup).  This is why I don't have very high hopes for 2013.  You can't take what is essentially a year off from recruiting and not have it come back to haunt you.

I can't wait to see where we are in 2014/2015 time frame though.


March 14th, 2013 at 1:01 PM ^

None are significant in terms of playing time, as they consist of a couple walk-ons and the uber-buried, but one guy was a scholarship player: Kenny Wilkins

I'm curious who the walk-ons and uber-buried are that aren't with the team anymore.


March 14th, 2013 at 1:01 PM ^

But that Brady Hoke was able to field a capable football team last year when his Junior class provided only one true starter (considering Gardner started due to Danard's injury) is remarkable.


March 14th, 2013 at 1:07 PM ^

WOTS is that Wilkins lacked the intensity in the weight room and on the field to get much done.  He came in looking like a future SDE and ended up the size of a NT, and he didn't carry that extra weight well.


March 14th, 2013 at 1:12 PM ^

Its too bad about carvin and demar, I think that they could have been good starting players for us.  I know they aren't all-american players right now, in fact I have no idea if either are still playing football, but the athleticism was there for both of them if they had the correct coaching staff to develop them.

Ali G Bomaye

March 14th, 2013 at 1:26 PM ^

First of all, Brian, you forgot that THE THREAT was part of the 2010 class as well.  I'd say he's played some football.

Second of all, Rivals ranked this class #20 in the country.  Not up to Michigan standards, but certainly not apocalyptic as far as initial rankings go.  So did we just get unlucky?  Or did RR do a bad job of identifying/recruiting kids that had solid character and wanted to be at Michigan?  A coaching change will always lead to attrition, but it doesn't seem like any of these guys showed the potential to contribute before bailing out on the new staff, a la Ryan Mallett.


March 14th, 2013 at 1:36 PM ^

Good luck to him, but that 2010 class was horrible.  Some of them were just extreme misses - Cullen was highly-rated CB, and Dorsey was a top safety who just couldn't make the grade - but man alive were there a bunch of reaches and tweeners who never panned out.  I will always think of Rodriguez as an offensive genius who could win with a particular type of player, but as a recruiter he just missed way too much to last here.  


March 14th, 2013 at 1:46 PM ^

Wow-is the 2010 Michigan class the most disasterous of any "bigtime" university in the history of recruiting. Devin Garder was basically an instate gift, make Jake Ryan the only actual recruitment that we can give RR credit for. Truly amazing.

Mabel Pines

March 14th, 2013 at 2:12 PM ^

10 bucks if you can work in some other person named "Wilkins" on tomorrow's front page.

oops, someone already covered that.  Still 10 bucks if another person named "Wilkins" leaves Michigan in some form. 


March 14th, 2013 at 3:31 PM ^

One really does start to wonder if RichRod can recruit or develop anything but QBs with any kind of consistency.

You look at the classes and it's wreckage. Except for the QB.

His most recent AZ class has one 4 star--a QB.

Good thing for him because he can do a great deal with a good QB but golly.


March 14th, 2013 at 4:09 PM ^

Hope he gets a degree and finds non-football success.

As for 2010 class, it's even scarier as the recruiting classes were dropping in rankings each year. Another year or two and the program would have been void of talent.