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Change of plans for Howard Watkins

Cincinnati Colerain lineman has altered his recruiting plans

Howard Watkins long has had "October 29th" listed in the name box of his Twitter profile. It's a reference to a date he's long circled on the calendar, a date on which he's long planned to make his college announcement.

But Watkins has changed those plans.

"I have decided to not commit on the 29th," Watkins told "I think that I was rushing everything. I want to take a step back."

Illinois, Louisville and Cincinnati have been the top schools on Watkins' list. He also holds an offer from Indiana.

But Watkins said more suitors now are inquiring, though he wouldn't say who.

"I have the same schools on my list, but new schools are showing a lot of interest," Watkins said. "And I want to take a few more officials."

Watkins visited Illinois the weekend of Sept. 10.

"I loved it. I really did. I had a ball," Watkins told last month. "Illinois has really set the bar high for me. I think Illinois has really opened up my eyes to a lot of things I want to see not only from them but from other universities now. I'm really happy Illinois was my first official visit. I can't want to take more official visits so I can compare them to Illinois."

Watkins also visited nearby Louisville, which has created a lot of excitement this season thanks to Heisman favorite Lamar Jackson.

"Louisville, they're just hungry," Watkins said last month. "They're hungry to be the best in their division. With their quarterback (Heisman contender Lamar Jackson), they got and the pro-style offense. I love a pro-style. I love the scheme. As an offensive lineman, I can show my footwork, my speed the way I can get to 'backers and stuff. I like their academic advisers and their apartments that they live in. And Coach (Bobby) Petrino is a great coach."

Hometown Cincinnati remains in the mix as well.

"I just love the feel I get from UC," Watkins said last month. "It's home. They make me feel at home. I get open doors to all the coaches. They all love me and dream about bringing me to the program."

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