Right now, the 6-6, 230-pound quarterback from Glenbard North High School is hearing from six main schools, Northwestern (offered), Iowa (offered), Colorado, Virginia, Purdue, and Northern Illinois (offered). When separating these schools, Watkins will be looking at a few key factors.
"(I'll be looking at) the quarterback situation, playing time," Watkins began. ":I don't want to sit on the bench for four years, that might factor into my decision.
"The education; I want to go to a school with great education, the people, the coaching staff. You're going to be there for 5 years, you want to be around good people. Location is important to me."
Watkins sees plenty of familiar faces on the recruiting circuit, with several members of teams on his team or in his conference being recruited. Chris Watt, Patrick Ward, and Mike Trumpy are all friends of Watkins. Could they end up making the same school very happy?
"If that happens, it'd be sweet, but whatever works for you is what really matters," he said. "You've got to find what's right for each individual."
Despite the tall frame, Watkins says he's got the foot skills to make his mark on the ground, as illustrated by his 400+ rushing yards during his junior year.
"I'm a big guy, so a lot of people typically think I'm a drop-back throw guy," he said. "I think I catch them off guard with my speed, my ability to run the ball. I have good arm strength, good accuracy.
"I can throw the ball well, but when plays break down or I need to run, I can run the ball, get a first down, keep the defense."
Watkins hopes to finish up his recruitment with a commitment before his football season begins this fall. That journey continues this week as he heads up to Evanston on check out the Northwestern campus. Other than that, Watkins doesn't have any visits scheduled at this point.