Watkins Talks About Impending IU Offer

Bloomington –Kenny Watkins couldn't show off his skills on film, so he came to Bloomington earlier this week and showed them off in person.

Bloomington –Kenny Watkins couldn't show off his skills on film, so he came to Bloomington earlier this week and showed them off in person.

The 6'0", 190-pound cornerback from Birmingham Rice H.S. in Bloomfield, Mich., came to Bloomington to participate in one of the Hoosiers' one-day camps and came away with a promise from the IU staff that a scholarship offer would be coming as soon as their series of one-day sessions come to a close at the end of next week.

"I went there and my coach told me to go there and just try my hardest and work hard," said Watkins. "I wasn't sure if I'd get an offer or not."

Watkins also earned scholarship offers from Bowling Green and Central Michigan after appearing at one of their camps, and he's scheduled to go to Michigan and Michigan State next week. Watkins has been doing everything he can to get in front of college coaches to show them the sort of skills that weren't necessarily revealed on his junior highlight film.

Limited all season due to a bout with mononucleosis, Watkins saw his weight dip to 150 pounds last summer. He was diagnosed in May of 2007, spent a couple of weeks in the hospital, and said he didn't get back to 100 percent physically until September.

"It was an uphill battle being underweight and undersized," Watkins said. "It was really hard. I realized my junior season wasn't going to turn out like I had hoped it would. I tried to get my weight back, but I wasn't physically ready. I couldn't compete the way I wanted to."

Watkins has been making up for that with his performances at various summer camps. He's been clocked in the 4.4 range in the 40 and has shown the skills to garner a couple of scholarship offers already. He said the IU coaches pointed to his speed, footwork and overall coverage skills as reasons they'd like to see him in a Hoosier uniform in the fall of 2009.

Indiana is expected to make its scholarship offer official in less than two weeks, and Watkins said there's a lot to like about the Hoosier program.

"They've shown they're a program on the rise and doing the right things," Watkins said. "I'm really serious about Indiana right now. I really like them."

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