The speedy Athens (Ala.) prospect, who recently collected offer No. 1 from Southern Miss, saw the Crimson Tide's first full-pads practice of the spring.
"It was really good," he said of his time in town. "I really love Bama's atmosphere and how they practice.
"Everybody stood out, especially (Kenyan) Drake and (Derrick) Henry and Chris Black. Black is a receiver, he had good hands and great feet."
Admitting the desire to add UA to his offer list, though Louisville seems perhaps just as close to pulling the trigger with an extension, Watkins was able to learn more of the program through some one-on-one time with his potential position coach at the next level.
"I talked to coach (Billy) Napier, but not any of the players," he said. "He's a real cool person and a really good coach. I like him. He said he likes how I'm physical and athletic.
"He basically just told me to keep working."
Making the trip with his position coach at Athens High, Watkins is an in-state prospect on the verge of more recruiting attention after spending most of the winter on the hardwood for a successful hoops program in north Alabama.
"He's 6-1, 175 pounds and runs 4.5 or better," Athens head coach Allen Creasy said. "He's really starting to get a lot of attention."
Athens returns a lot of offensive talent, including the 2014 freshman quarterback John Bachus, who established solid rapport with the rising-senior wide receiver.