Bluegrass Ties Puts 'Cats Atop for Athlete

Rarely do you see Kentucky recruit out in the west coast and when you do, it is generally because the Wildcats are seeking junior-college help. Not this year, as Kentucky has offered a surprising defensive star out of the state of Washington, who has very strong Kentucky ties.

"I am spending my summer in Kentucky with my father and brother," Anthony Watkins said. "While I am here I have just been spending my time lifting weights."

The Burien (Wash.) native's father lives in the Bluegrass state, in addition to several other family members. The state's pride in the Wildcats led him to send his tape off to Kentucky, where he was instantaneously offered a scholarship to the Big Blue by defensive backs coach Steve Brown.

"I only played in six games last year," Watkins confided, "But the games, I did play in, I had over a thousand yards of total offense."

Watkins also added 12 touchdowns and two interceptions in limited action, thanks to a broken thumb. Schools are recruiting the 6-foot-1, 190 pounder as an athlete capable of playing defensive back, running back or safety.

"I am a hard worker and a play-maker," Watkins said. "The school that I choose is gonna get a raw defensive player, but an athletic player."

Blessed with above average speed (4.6 slow combine, 4.4 regular), Watkins holds two current scholarship offers from Oregon State and Kentucky. He has already started researching both schools, in hopes of making a decision during his senior season.

"I am being recruited by Bruce Reed at Oregon State and Steve Brown at Kentucky," Watkins stated. "I'd say those are my two top choices, with Kentucky being my top choice, right now. I visited the school a few weeks ago. It went really good."

Although he won't admit it, Watkins is believed to be holding out for Washington State, where his brother currently attends school. 'Wazzou' has given Watkins some interest - as has home state Washington - but not to the extent of the Wildcats and Beavers.

The Highline product will wait out the process, until he's sure.

"I'm not gonna make a decision right now because I'm still researching everything and the two schools, alot," Watkins reinterrated. "Families probably gonna play a big role for me in my decision. You know, most people that are close to Seattle have seen me play, but my family in Kentucky, they haven't gotten a chance to see my play, really."

"Kentucky is where my Dad lives," Watkins added, "I come here every summer."

Oregon State has some draw as well. "It's in the Pac-10 and I really like the Pac-10," Watkins said in defense of the Beavers chances. "I really don't know much about both programs and that's what I'm trying to learn."

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