"Every offer is a huge blessing for me," he said. "But because Georgia is the instate school, and also being the school that it is; being an SEC team, being a popular team and being a great school, it's unbelievable."
The recruiting attention picked up for Watkins last spring, at the end of his sophomore year. He unofficially visited Alabama, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Tennessee last fall. He expected the offers to pick up, but says, "I had no idea of this at all.
"I can remember when I got my first two offers when South Carolina and Arkansas came to my school at the end of my sophomore years. I can remember the excitement I had, and I couldn't wait to tell everybody about it. Now almost a full calendar year later, for all this to be happening is truly a blessing."
Watkins, who could play defensive end or tackle on the next level, reports he's 6-foot-5, 265 pounds. Currently sporting a 3.66 grade point average, he says academics will play a major role in his decision. He intends to pursue a degree in broadcast journalism, he said.
"I'm going to take my time," he said. "I'm going to need to see what these schools can offer me and also what I can offer them. I'd like to narrow my list down to 15 or 20 and then to 10 and then to five and then make a decision."