"They need playmakers like me"

It went almost a full week before Sammy Watkins made his commitment to Clemson official. On Monday morning, he put in the call to head coach Dabo Swinney.

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The South Fort Myers High School senior, who Scout.com rates as the No. 2 wide receiver in the country, told Clemson wide receivers coach/recruiting coordinator Jeff Scott last week that he was going to be a Tiger.

"I had been talking to my recruiter last week and I told him then," Watkins told CUTigers on Monday. "I had just planned Monday, but I had already told my recruiter that I was going to commit this morning."

His first trip to Clemson was a three-day visit for the Dabo Swinney Football Camp in June. In July, Watkins brought his mom and dad along for a second visit.

"It's a little town—quiet, just somewhere I can live at, live my life, live my four years out and be successful—just shoot for my goal," he said.

The camp stay allowed Watkins to get a feel for how Swinney and the Clemson coaching staff operates.

"I just learned some of the plays and the routes they do. I got to be around the coaches and learn how they coach, and how he gets his players ready. I just loved it," Watkins said.

He camped at Clemson during the same session that as fellow five-star wide receiver Charone Peake, who's also committed to the Tigers' 2011 class.

Those two Scout.com five stars are set to be joined by another five-star, running back Mike Bellamy.

"I'm looking forward to playing with them, practicing with them, getting to know them better," Watkins said. "I'm just waiting to get up there in August, June or July—whenever. I'm ready."

He and Bellamy live about 30 minutes away from one another on the Florida Gulf Coast.

"I don't know him like that. We've raced a couple of times in track, said what's up. We haven't talked in a long time," Watkins said.

July was his last visit and he's yet to schedule a return trip. But Scott has managed to keep in weekly contact with Watkins.

"He basically said that I've got my scholarship, even if I get hurt—he's still going to be there. We talk about academics, because school comes first. That's the main thing we talk about," Watkins said.

He's also kept a close eye on how Clemson has done this season.

"I've been watching every week. Every game they've played, they haven't gotten blown out. Every game was tough, close games," Watkins said. "I just know they need playmakers like me, [Bellamy] and Charone Peake to be out there, catch a couple of balls, and help them win."


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