Wildcats eyeing Ohio athlete

It is still very early but rising junior athlete Dareian Watkins has already racked up five scholarship offers and has received plenty of interest, too. A versatile athlete, Watkins can play multiple positions at the next level, part of why he has received such strong interest. Watkins discusses his recruitment in this PurpleWildcats.com update.

Dareian Watkins holds five scholarship offers and is receiving plenty of interest, and he's not even a high school junior yet. The experience is helping him learn and observe what to expect as his recruitment continues to accelerate.

"I'm taking it slow, I still have two years left to get recruited," said Watkins. "It's a learning process; you go through and see what you are getting better on and have to get better. Right now, it's just exciting. One day, it's going to be tough to decide."

Thus far, Watkins, a 6-foot-2, 184-pounder, holds offers from Illinois, Akron, Bowling Green, Ohio, and Toledo. In addition, he has received heavy interest from Northwestern, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and others.

Watkins was planning to attend Northwestern's barbeque over the past weekend, but was forced to back out late. He plans to check out campus during the season, instead.

Northwestern coaches are impressed by Watkins, namely due to his versatility. He can play both quarterback and receiver at a high level. In order to earn an offer, Watkins must perform in front of the coaches' eyes.

"They really like my versatility because if I ended up going there, they could play me at multiple positions and see where I excel at," said Watkins of Northwestern.

Overall, Watkins describes his interest in Northwestern as 'high,' with the school's strong academic prestige serving as the most intriguing factor.

Watkins hopes to find a school where he can grow a comfortable relationship with the coaching staff.

"A big part of it will be the relationships and bonds I build with the coaches," said Watkins. "The comfort level would be nice to have."

As Watkins previews his fall visit to Northwestern, he hopes there will be contact with the NU coaches.

"I'd like to see how well I can get along with the coaches and the conversations I can make with them as I try to bond with them," he said. "I think I'm going to like it there a lot."

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers for Big Red Report, and currently covers the Northwestern Wildcats and Chicago Cubs. He currently resides on Chicago's north side.
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