"The attraction with Carlos is his athletic ability and his footwork that he has," Chase head football coach Daniel Bailey said. "… His ability to move at 275 pounds is amazing. We've had kids here that [played football] in college and even went to the NFL and we feel [Watkins] is as athletic – if not more… He's just so dominant on the field… He's such a force and kind of like a utility player in baseball."
As a sophomore, Watkins played offensive tackle and defensive line. He continued to primarily play defensive line as a junior, but was moved around to several skill positions on offense, playing fullback, wide receiver, and tight end. He has also lined up at linebacker on defense.
Watkins' offensive workload will decrease during his senior season.
"We want to keep him a little more fresh than we were able to last year," Bailey said. "We don't want use him quite as much at fullback, if we could get some other guys to step in. But when the game is on the line, we're going to put it in our best players' hands and we feel like that's Carlos."
Chase primarily uses a 4-3 defense. But when it drops into a 3-4 scheme, Watkins will drop back linebacker.
With each passing day, Watkins' recruiting stock has increased. Last week Clemson extended him his first verbal scholarship offer. In addition to the Tigers, he's receiving interest from Duke, Georgia Tech, and North Carolina.
"At first we thought he might get overlooked, because he's not at a big time school," Bailey said. "But if you can play, people will find you. Word just spreads. Carolina said they have spoken to other coaches in our conference, who said ‘Hey, you need to see this kid at Chase.' The Carolina coach was on his way to Asheville and made a left turn and came here."
The only school that Watkins has visited is Duke the past two summers for camp. However, Clemson, Duke, and UNC have invited him to their upcoming junior days. He also plans to return to Duke for camps.
Surprised that he's even getting recruited, Watkins, who grew up a Miami football fan and Duke basketball fan, doesn't have any favorite schools.
"I'm just sitting back right now and seeing what's going to happen," Watkins said. "I'm looking for playing time as a freshman and the type of education that I can get."
As a sophomore, Watkins was voted unanimously the conference player-of-the-year in basketball while playing for a team that won only two games… He is averaging 21 points this current basketball season.
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