NUC Sports Review and Testimonial From Coach Wayne Wilkes, Walker HS

Dave Schuman

“Coach Schuman, I am Coach Wayne Wilkes of Walker High School (brought Blake WIlkes, Quadrekas Key, and Austin Mansell to the Top Prospect camp) I wanted to express my appreciation to you for what your camps have helped do for QB Blake Wilkes (2014) of Walker High in Alabama. He has been going through your camps since 7th grade. He was in the shadow of his big brother who had signed at Troy as a QB, and also heard a lot from family members because I had played QB for Coach Dykes at Texas Tech. He was NOT very confident in himself until he hit his first combine for you. He had a good performance and a fire was lit. He is now one of the best leaders we have. He is confident without being arrogant, which is a rare thing these days. He has also had incredible numbers that I credit to the work he put in to prepare for your camps. He posted a 35.5 vertical at the Gulf Shores combine, broad jumped 9’6”, posted shuttle times this year between 4.21 and 4.37, and had a laser 40 at one campus of 4.8, and a hand time at Western KY at 4.76, to go along with his 6′ 2 1/2 194lb. He even increased his bench to 260 lbs a few weeks ago. He was so hungry to do well this summer, hitting 14 on campus camps from the states of Georgia, Ohio, Tennessee, Mississippi, Michigan, Tennessee, and Alabama. It made me proud as a 19 year high school football coach to see a kid so driven, without me having to push him at all. He was extremely excited about the chance to go against A.J. at Top Prospect, and they pushed each other pretty good on the same team in 7 on 7 action. It was a big boost for him to throw TD’s on all but one possession throughout the day, when time ran out on his last drive and he threw his first incomplete pass (non extra point) of the day on his last play. I truly believe that what you are doing through these camps has had a huge impact on his drive to be one of the top qb’s in the south and in the country. When he told me what his goals were in November, I thought he was setting things that were unreachable. But he busted it and pushed that vert up 2.5 inches, 5 inches on the broad, dropped .3 off the 40, became one of the most accurate passers at any of the camps, and found himself in the “A” group with seniors at all 14 on campus camps this summer. He is excited about this coming season, but is already talking about wanting to get back to Oklahoma and be the MVP next season. Thanks for putting on these events. They give kids an opportunity to show what they can do, and ways to drive themselves to get better. I know you probably get thousands of emails per day, but I sincerely appreciate what you do. I hope that when I hang up the whistle in a few years I can find a way to get involved with you and help in any way possible. God bless,” Coach Wayne Wilkes Walker High School

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