Four-Star Justin Watkins Returns to Florida

Justin Watkins returned to Gainesville on Friday to see the Gators practice. The four-star 2018 prospect gave him impressions on Florida and whether or not Jim McElwain's team has moved up him.

Justin Watkins is no stranger to the Swamp, and that familiarity is exactly why Florida remains in the mix. 

"I've liked the coaching staff since I first went there," said Watkins on Friday after his trip to Gainesville. "All the coaches are cool. They show you love and are always joking around and playing around. They are serious but not so serious." 

On the four-star running back's visit, he was able to see the Gators get back to work for spring practice. 

"It was pretty cool," he said. "The practice was all right."

Special Teams Coordinator and tight ends coach, Greg Nord, has been Watkins' main recruiter, "it's between him and coach Mac [Jim McElwain]. Its really Nord because I see Nord a lot." The 2018 prospect has been able to establish a great bond with Nord and the staff, and is one of the main reasons why Watkins continues to visit Gainesville. 

"Now every time I come they know who I am ,so they just come up and joke around," he said. "I'm glad I've been able to build a relationship with them already."

Although, the North Marion High standout  had another good trip to Florida, the Gators still have some work to do. 

"Florida State and Clemson are standing out," he said.  "I've been there to both schools multiple times. I like the atmospheres, and they both have really good coaches there as well." 

So where does Florida stand in the grand scheme of things? 

"About fourth." 

The 6-foot, 170 pounder is no where near making his decision, since he is trying to figure out what he needs in a program first. 

"I'm just looking at how many freshman came in and played. I really don't know yet because I'm still looking."

As far as future visits, Watkins still working things out. 

"I don't have any plans as of yet," he said. "I want to go back to Clemson." 


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