Cincinnati Colerain offensive lineman attended 'Light up the 'Ville'

Cincinnati Colerain offensive lineman Howard Watkins attended 'Light up the 'Ville' camp on Friday night

Cincinnati Colerain offensive lineman Howard Watkins was among the group of athletes that attended Louisville's 'Light up the 'Ville' camp on Friday that held a scholarship offer from the Cardinals prior to the event.

The 6-foot-5, 270-pound guard worked closely with Cardinals offensive line coach Chris Klenakis throughout the evening.

"I loved it," he said.  "Everything that I was taught from Coach K was great."

While working with the unit during the two-hour camp at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, Watkins and recent U of L line commit Cole Bentley strengthened their budding relationship.

"Me and Cole really hit it off," he told Cardinal Authority.  "We already had a feel for how each other were.  I enjoyed being able to work with him and being to see the type of player he was and how aggressive he is and he was able to see what type of player that I am.  We just hit it off.  It was great."

Bentley, who committed in mid-June, did discuss the possibility of eventually lining up with Watkins at Louisville.

"We talked about it, but I explained that I have a plan for my decision," he said, adding, "he understands that and supports that, but of course he wants me to be a Cardinal with him."

Following the camp, Watkins spent time visiting with Klenakis and head coach Bobby Petrino.

"I told him that I wanted to show him, that I wanted him to evaluate me in person," he explained.  "He told me that I'm the perfect fit for what he wants and that he would really love to have me come there and be a Cardinal for life.  I'm already a Cardinal, so he told me to stay a Cardinal.

"Coach Petrino told me that he really wants me to be apart of this offensive line.  They want me and Cole to do big things for the offensive line."

Colerain, also the Cardinals,will open the 2016 season ranked No. 14 nationally and it will be following the final regular season game on October 30 when Watkins will announce his college decision.

"I have a couple favorites,"  he said.  "I don't really have a top five, but I like Louisville.  I like Illinois, Indiana and Rutgers.  I like Cincinnati of course and pretty much all of the schools that have offered me.  That's the hardest thing about it because I don't have a top five list for anything like that for when people ask me because I like all the schools, but Louisville, Illinois and Indiana are definitely at the top of my list."

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