Another big-time pickup

Signing a big running back in the 2013 class was a priority for Auburn and the Tigers filled that need in a big way Wednesday with a commitment from 4-star Jordan Wilkins.

“I just felt real comfortable with Auburn,” Wilkins said. “When I went down there I just fell in love. It was one of those schools, the first time, I got the vibe of it -- that is where I need to be.

“It’s big-time playing in the SEC and being able to have a chance to earn early playing time at Auburn.”

Wilkins, from St. Benedict at Auburndale in Cordova, Tenn., committed to Auburn over more than a dozen offers including Michigan, Tennessee, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin, Purdue and Texas Tech.

His final decision came down to the Tigers and Commodores, where his brother, Trey Wilkins, is a walk-on receiver.

“I liked the coaches for both teams a lot. They’ve really got great coaches at Vandy and Auburn,” he said. “It was really more of a comfort-zone thing. I felt more comfortable at Auburn and that’s where I felt like I belonged.”

Wilkins, 6-foot-1 and 212 pounds, was recruited by running backs Curtis Luper.

Wilkins rushed for 1,546 yards and 18 touchdowns on 196 carries as a junior. He had 17 receptions for 162 yards and two touchdowns, and returned both a kickoff and punt for TD’s. He is rated the nation’s No. 7 all-purpose back and No. 146 overall prospect by 247Sports.

With the addition of Wilkins, Auburn is up to 17 commitments for the 2013 class. He is the Tigers’ first commitment from the state of Tennessee and fifth projected to play offense joining 4-star quarterback Jeremy Johnson, 4-star athlete Jason Smith, 4-star wide receiver Earnest Robinson and 3-star tight end Arshad Jackson.

Auburn signed running back Jovon Robinson out of Wooddale in Memphis, Tenn., in the 2012 class.

***Stay tuned to for much more from Wilkins’ commitment.

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