Early Leader For Big Time Sophomore Watkins

Galio, Ohio athlete Dareian Watkins is an emerging star in the 2014 class. Watkins is already gaining interest from programs around the country and he's starting taking visits to those programs. One school in particular has caught his attention.

Dareian Watkins led his high school team to an 8-2 season playing quarterback. Galion despite the 8-2 record didn't make the playoffs. "It was tough to take when you have four of the best teams in the state in your region." The 6'-180 Watkins played quarterback for this year's Galion team. He has been timed at 4.5in the forty.

Dareian is known for making good decisions as a quarterback. "I also check down on my receivers when we pass. Also, throwing is a strength of mine, I have very good arm strength." Watkins is working on improving his mechanics, accuracy, and leadership on the field.

Ten schools have shown early interest in Dareian. "The ones I hear from the most are Georgia Tech, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Pittsburgh, and Northwestern." Most of the schools like him as an athlete. Georgia Tech is recruiting him as a quarterback and Ohio State and Wisconsin as a receiver.

The position Watkins is asked to play in college will not be a factor in his decision. "I will play where they want me to play even though I really would like to be a quarterback in college. Dareian's relationships with the coaching staffs, type of program the school has, and schools that have a good computer major will be factors in making his decision.

Watkins mentioned without hesitation that his early leader was Georgia Tech. "They have an excellent football program and an excellent computer degree." Another draw for Watkins is the option offense run by Georgia Tech. "Their offense is similar to what I am use to and I like that offense."

Dareian had a great time on his visit to Atlanta for the Georgia game. "I really had a great time and loved what I had a chance to see. My parents liked it a lot too." Dareian also got to know a few of the players on his visit. "It was the best visit I've had to date."

Watkins has kept in contact with Georgia Tech Coach Brian Bohannon. He has plans to return to Atlanta for another visit to Georgia Tech. "I will be coming for a camp in the spring and I will visit Georgia Tech and spend more time there this time around."

Dareian is one of the few sophomores invited to the Army All-American Combine in San Antonio, Texas. Watkins feels that Georgia Tech is serious about extending a verbal offer and over the next few years, he is projected as a top 100 recruit.


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