Another Watkins to Watch

Forest City (NC) Chase defensive end Tray Watkins is looking to break out on the recruiting scene after his brother, Carlos, signed with Clemson earlier this month.

Earlier this month four-star defensive tackle Carlos Watkins signed a letter of intent to play for Clemson.

Now his younger brother, Tray, is ready to step into the spotlight.

The younger Watkins is still waiting for his first offers to come in but judging by his 50 tackle and 10 sack season last fall there's a good chance he'll land his fair share of recruiting interest as the year unfolds.

At 6-3 and 240-pounds, Watkins was a star for Forest City (N.C.) Chase, but was largely overshadowed by his older brother. Now that Watkins will be at Clemson in the fall he's ready to make a name for himself.

So far everyone is recruiting Watkins as a defensive end. He was recently at NC State's junior day and the Pack rolled out the red carpet for the recruits in attendance.

"It was pretty nice," he recalled. "I had a good time. We took a trip around the stadium, we ate and pretty much talked football.

"I got to talk to Coach (Tom) O'Brien and he was telling me I should get back up there for the spring game. He told me to come up for another visit so I can see the campus and everything around the school."

It was Watson's first trip to NC State and it's unlikely to have been his last. Interacting with the players was a big part of the trip and it helped Watson get a feel for what it's really like in Raleigh.

"I spoke to one of the cornerbacks and a linebacker plus some others," he said. "It was just real cool. We wanted the words from the players so they talked to us about different stuff like how the practices are going to be and what the schedule is like."

Where does the Pack stand after that trip?

"They'd probably be up there in my top three. It's probably Clemson, NC State and I don't know, maybe Florida?

"I like Clemson because it's family up there. With my brother committed up there, he'll be there. I've been there plenty of times with him and it's real nice."

Will the presence of his older brother give the Tigers an insurmountable advantage if Clemson decides to offer?
"That's what most people think but I've got to do what's best for me," he said.

Watkins will be at Clemson on March 3rd and he plans on visiting East Carolina sometime in April.

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