With his father and uncle in tow, Watkins toured campus and met with Lovie Smith for longer than an hour.
Now, Watkins will get to see the gameday experience. The 6-foot-5, 270-pound lineman will take an official visit Champaign on Saturday.
"I'm looking forward to seeing the game atmosphere," Watkins said. "My mom has never been up."
Watkins recently has visited Louisville and Cincinnati. He plans to make his college announcement on Oct. 29.
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