Watkins talks favorites

FOREST CITY, N.C. - Carlos Watkins started his senior season off on the right foot Friday night.

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The Scout.com four-star defensive tackle hauled in two catches, one for a touchdown, registered two sacks and forced a fumble. More importantly, Chase High School opened the 2011 campaign with a 35-20 win over West Lincoln.

"They got us last year, so we owed them a little something. I didn't want them to score," he told CUTigers.com on Friday night.

Last Saturday, Watkins made it to Clemson for an unofficial visit.

"It was great. I talked to coach [Dan] Brooks, coach [Kevin] Steele, coach [Jeff] Scott," he said. "I had a really good time watching the scrimmage, watching their defense -- [Brandon] Thompson and Rennie [Moore]. I enjoyed watching them and getting to meet a few more players."

Watkins arrived to Tigertown around 10:50 that morning and stayed until 2 p.m. He made the trip with former Clemson running back Chuck McSwain, who's a teacher and assistant coach at Chase.

"He was going up there, so I decided to go with him," Watkins said.

Up next is an unofficial visit to Florida this weekend. He'll make the trip with Jonathan Bullard.

From there, Watkins will start eyeing up official visit destinations.

"I've been looking at a few games where I want to go. I haven't dated yet, but I pretty much know a little bit where I want to go," he said.

A decision will be reached before the end of the calendar year, if not sooner.

Right now, four schools stand-out.

"Clemson, Florida, 'Bama and South Carolina. Those are the main four," he said, though there was no particular order to the list.

"I've been to all four of them. They show the same thing, but that's why I want to take officials. I want to see the unique things about the school, see where I get treated like family."

Watkins is currently ranked as the No. 11 defensive tackle prospect in the country by Scout.com.

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