Corbin High School is 4-0 this season and one of the big reasons is running back Caleb Watkins. Standing at 6-foot-1, 210 pounds, Watkins is able to move the chains for his team on the ground with both his speed (4.47) and his power. Colleges region-wide are beginning to take notice. "He's hearing from Kentucky, Western Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky, Cincinnati and Louisville," said his coach, Steve Jewell.
As a junior Watkins rushed for 1192 yards and seven touchdowns averaging almost eight yards per carry. He also caught 350 yards through the air and two touchdowns. Defensively Watkins had 72 tackles, five sacks, five forced fumbles and seven interceptions.
If that's not enough, Watkins squats 515 pounds and benches 330 pounds. He also possesses a 36 inch verticle.
"He's a kid that's just physically strong, but he's not just strong. He's getting better as a leader on the field, but the big thing is him giving us a breakaway threat in the backfield," said Jewell. "The main thing is getting him better on defense. He needs to be able to attack the run," he continued.
While Watkins doesn't hold many high major offers, they may be coming soon. "Some schools are still thinking. If he can't play running back, most thing of him as a safety," said Jewell. "He's looking towards the end of the season (to make a decision) right now. I know that he and his father have talked about coaches wanting to see some tape this year. They want to see how much he's developed."
So where does Kentucky fit in? "I get stuff for him from UK every week. He goes up all the time and he gets mail from them all the time," said Jewell.
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