One look at Kenny Wilkins, and it's easy to see why there are numerous schools interested in the ripped 6-foot-3, 240-pound defensive end from Trinity High School in Washington, Pa. signing a 2010 scholarship letter-of-intent.
"Things are going pretty well for me right now,'' Wilkins said. "I have a lot of offers, about 14 now, so things are going good. But I still want to come to some combines and camps to get my name out there some more.''
With his showing at the Scout.com Combine at Pitt's indoor facility, Wilkins' recruiting is certain to pick up speed. He has run the 40-yard dash in less than 4.7 seconds in the 40-yard dash, and he also had a strong showing in the shuttle run and the individual coaching sessions.
"The other thing these combines are good for is to see some other players, some of the best players in the state, and I get to see how I stack up against them,'' Wilkins said. "And I think I've done pretty well so far.''
Wilkins has been to Pitt quite often on unofficial visits, including two recent ones with a scrimmage during the spring and the Blue-Gold game, and he has enjoyed himself each time.
"I like Pitt a lot,'' Wilkins said. "It's real close, and I like Coach (Greg) Gattuso. He's been recruiting me. He's a good guy, and they have some great facilities.
"I went to a couple basketball games, and the atmosphere was real crazy there. I saw some great games. And I went to the West Virginia (football) game. That was real good, too.''
Wilkins noted that he is being recruited as a combination defensive end-outside linebacker, but he has the body type to grow into an end sooner than later.
"I wish I had a few more offers, maybe Penn State and Ohio State,'' Wilkins said. "But I guess they want a few more coaches to see me, so I'm going on some visits this spring. And I'll keep going to the camps and combines.''
Wilkins finished his junior season at Trinity HS with 89 tackles, 11 sacks and two fumble recoveries.