DE Prospect Enjoying Unbeaten Season

Defensive end prospect Diaheem Watkins updates his senior season and recruiting.

Centreville, Ala.--Playing on one of the state's top defenses in Class 4A, senior defensive end Diaheem Watkins and his Bibb County High School teammates will try to complete an undefeated regular season on Friday night when they travel to play 8-1 Class 5A opponent Pleasant Grove High.

Watkins is one of the key players for the Choctaws. "Things are going really well for our team and we are having a lot of fun," the 6-4, 235-pounder says. "I feel like I am having a good season, too."

Watkins notes that he doesn't know his personal statistics, but points out that his team is 9-0 in their final game before going into the playoffs. "We are a really physical team and we just pound people," he says. "Our defense is very aggressive."

Bibb County has six shutouts this season including a 62-0 win last week over West Blocton. The Choctaws have outscored opponents 467-24 this year.

The defensive end has visited Auburn this year for the Big Cat recruiting weekend in the spring and he was back on campus for an unofficial visit to watch the Tigers defeat South Carolina. "I haven't been able to make it back for any of the other games, but I am interested in Auburn," he says.

Still waiting on an offer from the Tigers, a trio of in-state programs, Troy, UAB and South Alabama have extended scholarship offers.

Watkins says he hopes to play at Auburn's Jordan-Hare Stadium in December, which will be the site of the six Alabama High School Athletic Association state championship games. "We are focused on the game against Pleasant Grove before we turn our attention to the playoffs, but it is a goal of ours to go to the championship game in Jordan-Hare."

Watkins says that he stays in contact with Auburn defensive line coach Tracy Rocker and says that AU cornerbacks coach Phillip Lolley stopped by Bibb County High to pick up video of the defensive end.

Last season Watkins also played tight end. "This year I am just playing defensive end because we have enough guys I don't have to go both ways."


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