College Park, Ga. standout Jordan Watkins has over 30 offers, making him one of the most sought after interior defensive linemen in the Southeast for 2012.
Last week, defensive line coach Brick Haley got LSU into the mix when he offered the 6-foot-4, 255-pounder.
“I had been getting mail but not heard from any coaches, then all the sudden I was on the phone with coach Brick Haley and he offered,” Watkins said. “We had a good conversation. We only talked for a little bit, but he said that I would have that chance to make an impact and they really want me to come in and find out more.”
Watkins has not visited Baton Rouge and is not familiar with LSU’s academics, something he hopes to reverse here in the near future.
“I want to visit but I just hadn’t set any dates,” he said. “I am not going to do any spring sports, so I will have weekends to visit some of these colleges that have recently offered. I will find a time to get to LSU, because that offer felt great.”
While he has research to do on LSU’s academics, Watkins is no stranger to the program’s reputation for turning out top-ranked defensive linemen.
“They always have some of the most dominant linemen, and that’s something I look at,” he said. “Drake Nevis this season, then Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson before him. I see that tradition. It’s what I associate LSU with. Some of the best have come out of there.”