Top Five Equal for 4-Star Watkins

Class of 2012 four-star DT Carlos Watkins has double digit offers but says he has narrowed it down to five. The 6-4, 285 pound senior out of Chase High School in Forest City, NC says he is looking for a program that feels like family. The burly interior lineman thinks he may have found that in Clemson, Florida, South Carolina, Alabama, or Notre Dame.

Carlos Watkins says he is "still iffy" about moving far away from home, but none of his top five schools are in his home state of North Carolina. Watkins says he likes what he sees from all five programs and was excited to break them down.

Clemson: "They were my first offer and I have been there twice. I got to meet some players and the coaches and see the campus, I toured it twice. And as far as football, I have been to a game and the fans are so supportive and the atmosphere is really great."

Florida: "I haven't got to go down to Florida yet but I think I am heading there on July 22nd. I talked to Coach Will Muschamp twice and I keep in touch with some of the other coaches. They are a dominant football program and I believe they are going to be a top caliber team under Coach Muschamp. When I head down there I want to make sure I like the campus and everything and I also want to hang out with some players and see how the education program is."

South Carolina: "South Carolina isn't too far from home. I've been there before and I like the campus a lot. I got to hang out with some of the players and I got to sit down with Coach Steve Spurrier, he is a real cool guy. It would be nice to be close to home but in the long run I am going to do what is best for me."

Alabama: "I really haven't had a chance to visit there. I know they are a dominant program and Coach Nick Saban is real good. I think I am going there early in July, I am looking forward to it and I hope I like it."

Notre Dame: "When I went up there a few weeks ago I really enjoyed it. I talked to all the players and hung out with them. I really like the campus and you can tell it's all about the tradition. I heard how good the education is there and they have a really high graduation rate, something I look into."

Watkins says at this point all five schools are equal and they all are "coming after him pretty hard." When Watkins sits down to make his decision he says he wants to feel like his choice is the best fit for him.

"I want it to feel like a family. And I want to go somewhere with good academics where I know I have a chance of getting a good job if I don't make it to the NFL. I don't know yet about going far from home but my parents are supportive and my dad says to do what is best for me. They tell me if they can't be there in person, they will watch the games on TV," Watkins said.

Wherever Watkins ends up he says he will be ready to work. Watkins says his biggest strength is his quickness and adds, "I got some pretty good hands and good feet." One thing Watkins is anticipating at the college level is the competition. "In high school there have been some big guys but none really bigger than me. I'm going to be working on my strength this next year because I know I will need that at the next level," Watkins said.

Watkins says he hopes to have made a commitment before the start of his senior season.

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