College Park (GA) Woodward Academy junior defensive tackle Jordan Watkins has early verbal scholarship offers from NC State and plenty of other schools.
Pack Pride caught up with the 6-4, 255-pound prospect from Georgia recently to get his thoughts on the recruiting process and his junior season.
Woodward Academy finished the 2010 season with a 10-2 record, which included a playoff win. It was the school's first ten win season in quite some time and the season came to an end in the second round of the playoffs. While they would have liked to have continued player, Watkins and his teammates soberly assessed their season and are acknowledging the positives, which included a win over the No. 1 seed in the first round of the playoffs.
"We had a real good season I think," Watkins said. "We had to replace so many starters from defense last year and we still only gave up maybe 10 points a game.
"I feel like the main thing I improved on is just my will to win and my want to make plays. This year I made more plays that weren't necessarily right there in front of me or between the tackles. On plays that went outside or away from me I'd run out and try to make the play. I improved my effort the most, and my want to."
Watkins has received 11 verbal offers to date, with the most recent being from Notre Dame, Penn State and Syracuse. So far he has taken unofficial visits to Georgia, Georgia Tech, Alabama, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Though he hasn't had a chance to visit NC State yet, the Pack is near the front of his mind because they have been recruiting him for a good while now.
"I remember seeing coach (Mike) Reed before the Stone Mountain game. That was probably sometime during the middle of the season. He came to watch us play and I talked to him maybe a few days after that," Watkins said.
"When I talked to coach Reed he seemed like a great person. It seems like he'll take care of you, like he cares for his players. One thing he told me was even if I didn't choose NC State he wants to help me make the decision on where I do want to go. A lot of coaches wouldn't tell you that.
"I know NC State came one win shy of winning the Atlantic division title and that's a good season. They haven't had that in a while. I know they're in line to make something good happen."
Watkins is a good student and a well spoken kid, and he told Pack Pride that he wants to major in broadcasting. Academics will be, in his own words, "by far the biggest factor" in his decision.
The next major recruiting event he will attend is the Under Armour combine in Orlando early next year
Watkins Likes the Pack Early
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