DeKalb – Sleeper players often are just that, a player that is the forgotten pin to a program.

This year, that honor landed with Jaden Wilkins of the M.L.King Lions program. DeKalb Recruits found his talent, and ReporterDarius caught up with the athlete who was slept on the most this season.

ReporterDarius: You were named the 2018 Sleeper by DeKalb Recruits this week. How’s that honor felt?

Jaden Wilkins: I was shocked. I really thought nobody would ever know my name I appreciate it.

RD: Impressive season for you, describe it for us.

JW: Secondly, the season didn’t go as I quite planned it would. I missed a couple practices and went harder the next day.

RD: When you were going through the season, what was your driving force?

JW: To be No. 1. Nothing less. I had to make a mark for my own to success.

RD: What did you change to improve your game throughout the season?

JW: Talking to my coach and just listening to what he was telling me. It really changed the way I go about things as a young man.

RD: What’s next for you?

JW: To get bigger and become a starter in college and still let the people know who I am.

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Written by Darius

Darius Goodman is an alumni of Martin Luther King Jr. High School in DeKalb County and a former piccolo/flute player for the MLK Marching Lions. Upon high school graduation in 2011, Goodman attended South Carolina State University on a band scholarship up until 2015 when he completed his Bachelors of Arts in Mass Communication with a concetration in Journalism. Once finished with his degree, Goodman then joined Beyond the Flag a FanSided site. From there, Goodman started his career with the Henry Herald/Clayton News Daily in 2016. Within a few years, he attained a few awards: including company wide social media awards and a Georgia Press Association Sports Coverage award. Now, while balancing Henry County, Goodman is reaching out to DeKalb County.

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