Watkins ready to see Notre Dame again

Cornerback Nick Watkins of Dallas (Texas) Bishop Dunne details where he'll take his official visits this fall, when he plans to commit, and where he stands with Notre Dame.

Cornerback Nick Watkins of Dallas (Texas) Bishop Dunne has been relatively quiet on the recruiting front this summer, but after last week's visit to Alabama, Watkins says he's shifted his focus to preparing for the upcoming season and a busy recruiting period.

"I have talked it over with my dad and we have a top 12 right now," Watkins said. "He has the full list, but schools that I know that are on it are UCLA, Ole Miss, Oregon, Notre Dame, Alabama, Oklahoma, Baylor and SMU. I also know that I will take my official visits to UCLA, Alabama, Notre Dame, Ole Miss and Oregon."

"I will still visit the schools that are on my list that are closer to me, but I'm not going to use up an official visit on a school that is two hours away," Watkins added.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound corner is planning to commit on his birthday in January, but he's not writing off an earlier decision date just yet.

"I will probably take a few visits during my byes this season, and I'll take some more in December. I might decide on Jan. 27, but if I know in my mind where I want to go before then, then I will pull the trigger."

Watkins visited Notre Dame in the spring, and he admitted after his visit that he almost committed to the Irish on the spot. However, he later said there was something that held him back from doing so.

"It was nothing about the school that I didn't like or anything like that," Watkins said. "It was just more of the fact that I hadn't seen that many places on my list yet. My mom will come with me this time, and I think my dad will probably come too if he can."

Watkins stays in close contact with Notre Dame assistant Kerry Cooks.

"I talk with Coach Cooks a lot," Watkins said. "He tells me how high I am with Notre Dame, but he doesn't pressure me to commit. He says to just commit when I have the gut feeling that it's right."

Watkins was planning on visiting Michigan this summer, but the Wolverines appear to be set at the cornerback position, according to Watkins. His only visit thus far of summer was to Alabama.

"Alabama is a great place to be, and the main thing that sticks out about them is the opportunity of being part of such a winning program and getting coached by their coaches," Watkins said. "They like me as corner but could see me growing into a nickle role in their defense."

When Watkins does decide on a school, he's placing a large emphasis on the business school.

"A good business school and a place where I fit in on campus and can be comfortable away from home are going to be the main factors," Watkins said.

Watkins is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 9 corner in the class of 2014 by Scout.com.

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