DT Watkins Ready for Notre Dame Visit

Chase High (Forest City, N.C.) four-star defensive tackle Carlos Watkins will be on the Notre Dame campus this week for an unofficial visit, and he spoke to IrishEyes.com about how he would fit into the defense, his knowledge of the program and the impetus being him making the trip.

Carlos Watkins already visited a pair of Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference schools, with each one relatively close to his North Carolina home.

Next on his list is a trip to Notre Dame, a school he knows relatively little about, but come Thursday evening that will no longer be the case.

"I know they're known for their great football program, and that's pretty much it," the 6-foot-4, 285-pound defensive tackle from Chase High (Forest City, N.C.) told IrishEyes.com.

The athletic Watkins, who played linebacker and defensive line on defense and receiver, tight end and fullback on offense, is curious to see how the Irish would use him in their 3-4 defense.

"In a 3-4, I would probably be a defensive end," Watkins said. "We run a little 3-4 in high school myself, but I like a 3-4. I would prefer a 4-3. I believe a 4-3 would probably suit me better."

Still, playing in a 3-4 isn't a deal breaker for Watkins, who is being recruited by Irish defensive line coach Ed Warinner.

Watkins is Scout.com's No. 12-rated defensive tackle and he is approaching 20 offers. And while he doesn't know much a lot about Notre Dame, he is being told by a few members of his inner circle it is a school he needs to visit.

"My coach kept talking about it, and their football program," Watkins said. "My dad kept saying things also, and I really wanted to go up and see what it's like. My coach always mentioned Touchdown Jesus. He said, ‘You want to see Touchdown Jesus.' "

Watkins already made unofficial visits to South Carolina, Clemson, Georgia Tech and Tennessee, and after his Notre Dame visit, he is planning on visiting Florida and Miami, and he said he will "hopefully get down to Auburn and Alabama."

"It was busy for a while, but I just sit back and enjoy it," Watkins said. "Last year I never thought I would be in this position at all."

With all the interest and schools desiring Watkins to visit campus, trimming his list has taken a back seat to learning more about schools.

So, where does the list trimming stand?

"I'm planning on it," he said. "After I make these visits I should be able to narrow it down. I want to try and (commit) before the season, but I'm thinking it may be during the season."

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