Watkins Sifting Through The Offers

Occasionally, a recruit comes along who seems genuinely focused on finding a school with the right academic fit.

Woodward Academy defensive tackle/end Jordan Watkins (6-foot-4, 255-pounds) is set on majoring in broadcast journalism once he gets to college.

And at this point in his young life, he seems well spoken enough to be taken seriously in this endeavor.

With already over 30 offers, he'll have his pick of football teams to play for. But he's dead set on finding the right fit in the academic realm as well.

"First with the schools that have offered, I already know most of the football knowledge of each them," he said. "With the ones I might not know so much about when it comes to academics, I look up information for what is offered in broadcast journalism.

"I'll call the coach and ask them for information and books about the major. That's really how I'm going about this, because I know about the football aspect from each school already."

For a young man from College Park, Ga., Watkins doesn't seem too high on all the attention he's garnered the past few months. He's quickly become a nationally recognized recruit, boasting offers from Miami, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Penn State.

Watkins says the humble chord in his personality comes from his father, William.

"Staying humble isn't a hard thing for me," Jordan Watkins said. "It's how we go about things in my family. My dad is kind of a quiet guy. It's something he's taught me, so it's not difficult for me."

Still with no unofficial visits planned as of yet, Watkins says he and his family will, "most likely, maybe on like a Friday afternoon and a Saturday morning, we'll go somewhere for a weekend. I don't have anything set in place as of yet."

And as far as sifting through all the offers to start formulating a list of potential candidates, Watkins says location will not be a "big factor." So schools like Georgia and Georgia Tech don't necessarily have a leg-up. Broadcast journalism certainly will play into his list of schools that make the cut, Watkins insists.

"We're going to later on make a list with schools I'm most comfortable with, what schools I want to learn more about and other schools I'm not that interested in," Watkins said. "We're going to make those decisions as a family, and we're excited about it."

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