Early NC Top 10: No. 7 DT Carlos Watkins

Pack Pride breaks down ten players that could challenge as one of the state's best for the class of 2012.

The official rankings for the North Carolina class of 2012 won't be released for a couple of months but it's never too early to take a look at some of the best players in the state. Over the next two weeks, Pack Pride will break down 10 players that will challenge for a spot among the state's top players. Today we profile DL/OL Carlos Watkins

DL/OL Carlos Watkins...6-4, 275 pounds...Chase High School, Forest City, NC

The Skinny....Watkins is one of the more interesting prospects in the class of 2012 and may certainly be the most versatile.

The rising senior has played everything from offensive guard to linebacker, defensive line, tight end and even wide receiver.

Blessed with great size, Watkins has above average athleticism and because of that, the most difficult decision for any future college may be figuring out exactly where to put him. He has the frame to play guard or defensive tackle on the division one level but in the right scheme, could potentially play defensive end. Watkins is also a talented basketball player and that ability to succeed on the hardwood will serve him well on the football field.
As a junior, Watkins tallied 50 tackles, 29 tackles for loss and 14 sacks.

Scholarship offers
...NC State, Clemson, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Alabama, South Carolina, Duke and Wake Forest

Where does the Pack stand?...Early in the process NC State was listed prominently in Watkins' top four but as the offers have poured in, his interest in the Wolfpack seems to have faded to some degree. The Pack hasn't hosted him over the last few months and desperately needs to get him on campus if they hope to stay in the race.

Early thoughts...Watkins started off with an offer from Clemson and he's seemingly added an offer or two each week since. While UNC and State appeared to be fairly strong in the early going, the out of state programs, led by Clemson, appear to be the ones to beat- including Alabama and Florida.

Watkins could very well make a decision over the summer so any visits over the next four months will be critical.

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