Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins will join fellow senior defensive linemen Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant on the field with the Tigers in 2018.
Wilkins, a two-time All-American and graduate, helps form one of the most potent returning defensive lines in the country at Clemson.
Speaking with SportsTalk following the end of the loss to Alabama, Wilkins was non-committal about his future, saying, “A lot of guys over my time here have put in the work on both sides of the ball, always putting their head down and grinding, it’s just fun to be a part of.”
Wilkins had 55 tackles in 2017, 8.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks in a season where the Columbus, Ohio Touchdown Club named him the Top Defensive Lineman in the country. Monday, he was also selected as one of 21 finalists for the Lombardi Award, given to the nation’s top defensive lineman or linebacker.
Following Monday’s deadline to declare for the NFL Draft, Clemson’s only early defections include wide receivers Ray-Ray McCloud and Deon Cain, offensive lineman Taylor Hearn and safety Van Smith.