2017 Target: Dayquan Watkins

ASHEVILLE, N.C. --- North Carolina is among several schools that have expressed significant interest in massive 2017 lineman Dayquan Watkins. That interest led to the 6-foot-6, 305-pound T.C. Roberson product’s invitation to camp and a recent junior day.

Scouting Report

“By far the most talented big man that I’ve been able to coach,” Roberson head coach Chris Deal said. “… Boy, Dayquan in pure size and strength [is unbelievable]. The way that he’s working right now, I’m so proud of him – he’s really turned it up as a leader and turned it up in his work ethic. He moves well, he pulls well – I think that’s one thing he’s underrated on. He’s just a baby – I don’t even think he’s 16 [years old] yet – and I really think the sky’s the limit for him.”

Career Prep

As a freshman, Watkins started at offensive guard for Roberson. When Deal became head coach last offseason, Watkins remained a varsity starter but shifted his focus to defensive tackle where he collected over 50 tackles and three sacks.

“Honestly, Dayquan was a little out of shape when I arrived last April,” Deal said. “He was a little overweight, I felt like. We played him a tremendous amount on the defensive side and then we started moving him to a position where he could play on both sides a little more.”

Now in shape and a reformed body, Watkins is expected to start both ways this coming season.

Recruitment

According to Deal, Watkins is receiving serious interest from Clemson, Duke, North Carolina, NC State, and Virginia Tech.

“Everybody wants him to come up to camp for that one day,” Deal said. “A lot of them have said, ‘He’s the kid that we want, we just want to see him move.’ When you have a kid that size, you obviously want to make sure he moves well and does the things that you want him to do.”

In addition to the five aforementioned schools, Watkins plans to camp at Florida State and Miami this summer.

With UNC specifically, Seth Littrell has been in contact with Deal regarding Watkins. Besides inviting Watkins to earn a scholarship in camp, Littrell also asked Watkins to visit for UNC’s Junior Day in February. Watkins gladly accepted on both accounts.

“It was really cool to see the weight room and the locker room and the meeting rooms,” Watkins said. “The [UNC-Georgia Tech] basketball game was real hyped.”

The experience has placed UNC among his top schools, along with childhood favorite Alabama.

“At Carolina, I like the coaches and the facilities,” Watkins said.

The weekend before traveling to Chapel Hill, Watkins visited NC State.

Although he plays on both sides of the line for Roberson, schools are recruiting Watkins as an offensive lineman.

“No doubt, I think he’s your prototypical left tackle,” Deal said. “He has great footwork when it comes to pass protection. He has a long jab that enables him to give that length you want from a blindside tackle for sure… He’s a dominating force at nose and three-technique for us, but I really think he’s an incredible player at offensive line.”

Extra Notes

Watkins said he grew up an Alabama fan because of its tradition of winning… Watkins’s sister is a student at NC State. He also has a cousin at East Carolina… Watkins previously played basketball, but skipped the 2014-15 season to focus on football.

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