Name: Jeremi Wilkes
Position: Free safety
Hometown: Tampa, FL
High School: Tampa Catholic
2012 Stats: Wilkes started every game for the Orange last season, finishing fifth in tackles with 64. Against Pittsburgh he forced a critical fumble that Dyshawn Davis returned for a touchdown and he had his biggest games late in the season, including a season-high eight tackles against Cincinnati.
2013 Projections: By all accounts, more of the same. Wilkes is once again the starting free safety and he will be called upon to prevent opponents from doing good things when the people in front of him are unable to.
How'd He Get Here?: Wilkes was quite the get for Doug Marrone at the time. While his size may have been a red flag for some programs, that didn't prevent Florida State, Iowa, Louisville, or Rutgers from offering. Wilkes chose SU right before he was scheduled to go visit Rutgers. Clever boy...
What'd Scout/Rivals Say?: Scout said two but Rivals said three.
Money Quote: "I think we can be better than last year as a defense." - Wilkes before last season. He was right!
Links of Wonder: Jeremi Wilkes, Ivan Foy lead blindfolded trust exercise at Fort Drum
Tweets of Wonder:
Coach Shafer the head dawg now! #teamdawgs lets run this fellas #cusenation— Jeremi Wilkes (@J_Wilkes_28) January 8, 2013
What Does Shafer Think: Said Wilkes is a "good football player. He’s got great instincts."
Interesting Nugget O'Interest: Jeremi's family made it out to the USF game last year and recorded stuff on YouTube. It was fun.
Let Me Get A Good Look Atcha: