Muhammad Wilkerson was tending to something in his locker paying no attention to what was happening behind him. When he turned around the hulking defensive end was surprised to see about 10 media types hovering.

"Whoa what’s all of this?" he asked Wednesday in the New York Jets’ locker room.

This Mo is what happens when you’re a big man on the New York football stage.

Wilkerson is coming off one of his best games as a pro a dominating Monday night performance that had ESPN analyst Jon Gruden gushing like a groupie. If America didn’t know about Wilkerson before then it does now.

Quite simply Wilkerson has a chance to be the franchise’s next Darrelle Revis sans the player-management acrimony. He’s a homegrown star not an import ascending to the upper tier of his position.

"I think he’s right there with the top defensive linemen in this league right now that aren’t named J.J. Watt" said Rex Ryan praising Wilkerson with the effusiveness he once reserved for Revis.

Ryan talked up Revis so much in 2009 that his words no doubt were thrown back at management when the two sides went to the bargaining table in the summer of 2010 -- i.e. the long and nasty holdout. Ryan didn’t stop with the superlatives because back in those days he wasn’t shy about speaking his mind and he felt Revis was an all-timer.

In a few months the Jets and Wilkerson will be talking contract. He has only one year remaining on his rookie deal and the team almost certainly will try to lock him up next offseason with a long-term deal -- probably the first mega-contract of the John Idzik era. The franchise-tag amount this year for a defensive end is $11.2 million so that should provide a basic idea of how much of a yearly average we’re talking about.

Wilkerson said he hasn’t given any thought to the pot of gold that awaits him. Not surprisingly he said he doesn’t want to go anywhere.

"I’m from New Jersey and just being here these three years it’s been great for me" he said. "I’m happy here. I definitely plan on hopefully being a Jet for life."