Q&A: Anthony Wilkerson
RB Anthony Wilkerson
RB Anthony Wilkerson
Sports Editor
Posted Sep 29, 2009


The Bootleg caught up with Stanford 2010 RB commit Anthony Wilkerson (Tustin High; Tustin, Calif.) on the eve of Wilkerson’s upcoming visit to Palo Alto this weekend. Wilkerson’s Tustin Tillers are 3-1, with the one loss coming to Lutheran High (Orange, Calif.) in the one game Wilkerson missed because of a pulled hamstring.

Anthony Wilkerson has run for 847 yards in three contests, so his goal of 3,000 yards looks entirely doable if he stays healthy for the Tillers’ final six games and then leads his squad on a deep playoff run.

On his season:
“My season’s going pretty well. I did well our first two games and missed the third because of my hamstring. But I got back on track, am just getting ready for the next game and then am taking my official visit to Stanford on Friday.”

On his stats:
“I ran for [about] 354 yards my first game and 317 the second week, and on the season I’m at 847 yards in three games. … I want to get up to 3,000 yards on the season. That’s a goal for me. It seems like a good goal I could accomplish.”

On his hamstring:
“It’s a little tight still, but it’s a lot better. In my very last run against Foothill [a 35-12 win on Sept. 11], I got in the open field and started to high step to get away from the D and I pulled it a little bit. I knew it would hurt after the game.”

On this weekend’s official visit:
I’m just looking forward to seeing the coaches again and watching the UCLA game -- just being up there again. It’s a really nice place and it’s good to see where I’ll be for the next four or five years.

On matriculating into Stanford:
“I’m pretty sure it’s going to be Stanford. I’m pretty solid. … I’m working on the application right now for Stanford. That’s taking awhile just because I’m real busy here, but I’m trying to go as quick as possible.”

On talking with commits and recruits:
“I’ve only been talking to the committed guys lately and I’ve stayed in contact with other commits -- Jordan Zumwalt, I talked to Torrian Wilson right when he committed. I just said ‘Welcome to the family.’”

On watching the Stanford-Washington game:
“That was really exciting because Washington was one of my choices, and then watching them beat USC -- that was really exciting and good to see Stanford get some recognition and beat a solid team. Toby Gerhart was just running them over.”

On comparing himself to anyone on the current roster:
“Toby’s a load of a runner. I feel I’m a load too, but our styles are different. I think Jeremy Stewart is a different runner too, so hopefully I’ll bring a different dimension when I get there.”

On Stanford’s recent recruiting classes not lacking for running backs:
“The more competition, the better. Anywhere you go, there’s going to be competition. If you’re the premier back and can show what the coaches are looking for, you’re going to be that guy. I just have to do what I need to do to get where I want to be.”

On his academics:
“School’s good. I was thinking since it was senior year, it’d be a little easier, but no, it’s another year of work. It’s going to be worth it in the end. I’m taking two AP classes and one honors course, but it’s all going to pay off.”


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