Watkins Talks About IU Visit

Bloomington - The IU football program was hoping to win over defensive back Kenny Watkins and linebacker Jeremy Gainer for a second time this weekend when they were in town for their official visits. Did it happen? Watkins talks about his trip to Bloomington and where things stand...

Bloomington –Defensive back Kenny Watkins has come and gone, and now IU will have to wait a little longer for his decision.

The 6'0", 195-pound cornerback/safety from Bloomfield (Mich.) Brother Rice H.S. was in Bloomington this weekend for his official visit along with his cousin, Clarenceville (Mich.) H.S. linebacker Jeremy Gainer. The IU football program was hoping the former IU pledges would both re-commit during their visits, but that didn't happen.

"I didn't do anything like that," Watkins said. "And Jeremy, he's in the same boat."

While the Michigan duo hasn't re-affirmed their intentions to play at IU, Watkins said they haven't crossed the Hoosier program off the list, either. Watkins said he enjoyed his time in Bloomington and the opportunity to talk to both current players as well as the coaching staff.

"The visit went pretty well," Watkins said. "I met the players, and they were really cool, good people. I met people around campus and they were all nice and easy to talk to."

Watkins also spent time with the coaching staff, including some face-to-face time with IU Coach Bill Lynch Sunday morning at the head coach's home. During that conversation Lynch made it clear how badly Indiana still wants Watkins to be a part of its 2009 recruiting class.

"He gave me a long talk and emphasized how he wants me and needs me," Watkins said. "They've held a scholarship for me for six months, and by doing that it shows they are really interested in having me. He made it clear that he really hopes I decide to go Indiana."

Lynch likely won't have to wait very long to find out. Watkins has already made an official visit to Minnesota last month, and there remains the possibility of taking an official to either Michigan State or Iowa, although neither has offered a scholarship yet. Watkins is unsure whether he'll visit those other two Big Ten programs, but he does know that he doesn't want to drag a final decision out past the end of the month.

"I could decide this week, or it could be in a couple of weeks," Watkins said. "With Iowa and Michigan State, it kind of depends on timing – when and if they decide to bring me up there. I'm not going to wait past the end of December to make a decision, so there are only two weeks left before everyone goes on break."

If nothing materializes with those two schools, Watkins decision will come down to Indiana and Minnesota. Both schools have offered both he and Gainer, and Watkins said the visits to both were comparable.

"Across the Big Ten, everyone has good facilities," Watkins said. "When I went to both places, the teammates are really cool. Minnesota's campus feel is really nice and so is Indiana's. I don't know that I could say one was better than the other."


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