Quarterback Manny Wilkins signed a letter of intent to play football for ASU. Wilkins is rated as the #13 dual threat quarterback in the nation. The major recruiting services describe Wilkins as being the “total package” when it comes to quarterbacks in the spread offense. He has good speed, makes good decisions and possesses excellent accuracy to accompany a strong arm.
Wilkins verbally committed early to ASU and has been instrumental in influencing/recruiting other high school players to join him in Tempe. He is apparently very excited to be a Sun Devil, bonding with offensive coordinator Mike Norvell, current ASU players and other ASU recruits. He appears to be a natural leader and well respected by everyone involved.
It will be interesting to see how Wilkins fits into the depth chart. Undoubtedly, the ASU coaching staff will let Wilkins compete at the position of quarterback. It would be a stretch to think that he will unseat two year starter, Taylor Kelly. It’s also probably a long shot to think that Wilkins will beat out Mike Bercovici as the backup. If he doesn’t, it would be prudent to redshirt Wilkins. But head coach, Todd Graham has made it clear that he will play whoever is performing the best on the field. For sure, Wilkins is aware of this and will take the field this summer with the goal of playing in 2014.
No matter what happens, the signing of Manny Wilkins is critical for two reasons: First, he is a major talent. He’s a 4 star recruit that was pursued by several other schools. Secondly, he is the only QB signed by ASU in two years. Even if he sits this season, he is the heir apparent for when both Kelly and Bercovici leave the program.