Quite a catch

Wilkerson ‘can’t be covered oneon one’ says one college scout

All- State receiver  Brandon  Wilkerson is expected to return from a concussion  Friday night against the Tigers. Steve Nurenburg Caller-Times All- State receiver Brandon Wilkerson is expected to return from a concussion Friday night against the Tigers. Steve Nurenburg Caller-Times A veteran college scout—who wishes to remain anonymous— either gave Brandon Wilkerson the highest praise possible—or put a big red target on his back.

“No one can cover him oneon one,” he said.

High praise indeed for the LaGrange senior receiver— with exception to cornerbacks all over central Texas.

Now, whether Casey Burrough and his Tiger teammates w ill have the opportunity to throw down the gauntlet Friday night is another matter.

Three weeks after being carted off the football field on a stretcher, Wilkerson has shown up on the Leopard’s injury report with a concussion.

La Grange coach Matt Kates said that Wilkerson’s playing status would be determined on a week-to-week basis.

Before being taken to a hospital in the third quarter, Wilkerson caught seven footballs for 68 yards in a 28-7 loss to the Buffaloes.

Initial reports said that Wilkerson had a neck injury.

Wilkerson has 31 catches for 600 yards and seven touchdowns this season in his limited time on the field. He has not played since Oct. 8.

Rockdale Coach Jeff Miller is preparing as if he will play Friday and he is expected to suit up.

Last year, Wilkerson caught 97 footballs and was a first team allstate choice last season alongside University of Texas signee Jaxon Shipley.

Wilkerson (6-foot, 190-pounds) hauled in 97 passes for 1,580 yards, while scoring an astronomical 35 touchdowns in 2009 as the upstart Leopards (12-3) made a run at a state title only to be stopped in the state semifinals by evental champions Carthage.

Time will tell if Wilkerson can replicate his numbers from last season, while LaGrange breaks in a new coach (Matt Kates) and a new quarterback (Logan Vinlarek).

Wilkerson helped the Leopards post 44 points a game in 2009.

Wilkerson has received medium interest from medium level schools, but his heighth and lack of blazing speed could be a hindrance in college.

The Leopards enter the game at 3-4 and 0-2 in District 23-3A. The loser of Friday’s contest can probably say good-bye to their playoff aspirations.

“You better not pay any attention to their record,” Miller said. “Watching them on tape, they are a very good football team.”

Despite Wilkerson’s absence, Vinlarek leads the district in passing with an impressive 1,361 yards, but has been picked off nine times against nine touchdowns.

“He’s got a whole stable of receivers, not just Wilkerson,” Miller said.

The Leopards could use the Wilkerson injection: they have scored just 13 points in two district games and are about to face the league’s best defense in the Tigers who allow just 195 a game.

Tiger Tracks

• LeRaven Clark’s brother Omar was killed Sunday in Dallas after someone broke into his house. Omar Clark, 30, was a 1998 RHS graduate.

• The Tigers received some great news last week when it was learned that junior linebacker Derek David was cleared to return to play. David was thought to have broken his foot three weeks ago during a FCA volleyball game, but further x-rays showed it was just a sprain. The Texas Tech committment dressed out for Friday’s game, but did not play.

•With David’s absence the past two games, senior safety Casey Burrough has taken over the team lead in tackles with 44. Freshman linebacker James David follows closely at 43 to Derek David’s 42. Junior linebacker Ty Kirk led the Tigers against Smithville with 11 stops.

• Daniel Brooks needs one more touchdown to tie his father Tony for eighth on the RHS all-time list with 22. Blade Bassler is the alltime leader with 35.

• Brooks trails Caldwell’s Kedrin Sheppard for the district lead by nine yards. Brooks does lead the league in yards per carry at 8.57.

• Tiger Discount Cards are available at the RISD athletic office, Pauline’s Tacos and Poor Boy BBQ for $10. The card is good for discounts at businesses all over town.

• Senior Terral Dixon now has 1,301 yards rushing in his career and 17 touchdowns.

• The Tiger defense has allowed just 564 yards on the ground so far this year. The next closest is Giddings with 919.

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