Carlos Watkins Is Experienced in the 3-4

Defensive lineman Carlos Watkins, a 2012 recruit out of Forest City, N.C., said he has never visited Georgia Tech for a football-related visit, but he hopes to do so in the next couple of weeks. Having spoken to recruiting coordinator Andy McCollum several times recently, Watkins believes that will be possible.

"It's been going great so far," Carlos Watkins said. "I don't really have a favorites list yet, because I still have to visit a few more schools."

The list of schools that still need a visit includes Tech, as Watkins said he has only visited the campus for a basketball game a few years ago. Nevertheless, after speaking with McCollum during his recruiting process, Watkins is getting a good feel for a possible college destination.

"They have great fans, a nice facility and I have been around the campus once," Watkins said. "We talked about the academics and great environment."

Listed as an offensive lineman, Watkins has played on the defensive line and has been informed he would play defensive end if he chooses Georgia Tech. This is good, because Watkins has experience in the 3-4 base defense.

"In high school, when we run the 3-4, I drop back as a linebacker," Watkins said. "So I can play all over."

As for the decision-making process, Watkins said he would like to be done by the time the fall season starts for his senior year at Chase High School. However, his father has been his mentor in the process, and has strictly advised him not to commit to any school if he isn't fully ready, no matter the time of year.

In his senior year, Watkins has set lofty goals. He hopes to lead the state in sacks and bring in Conference Player of the Year honors. Surely, Georgia Tech is preparing to hit the gas on a player that is currently being coveted by many.


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