UA Game: Nick Watkins

ORLANDO, Fla. - Notre Dame four-star cornerback commit Nick Watkins of Dallas (Texas) Bishop Dunne talks about his experience thus far at the Under Armour All-America game and his relationship with Irish cornerbacks coach Kerry Cooks.

Notre Dame cornerback commit Nick Watkins of Dallas (Texas) Bishop Dunne was all smiles after day two of Under Armour All-America competition.

"It went pretty well," Watkins said. "I think I'm out here competing hard and playing with the best kids in the country. It's been great so far. I'm just working on tempo, that kind of thing."

Watkins faces wide receivers Ermon Lane (Florida) and William Ulmer (Maryland) most frequently during practice.

"I've been going up against Ermon Lane (Florida)," Watkins said. "He knows how to break well. He's pretty good. I'd say he's the best wide receiver that I've seen out here so far."

Also competing on Team Nitro are some of the nation's most talented defensive backs, including Tony Brown (undeclared) and Jabrill Peppers (Michigan).

"I room with Tony (Brown) and he does is talk," Watkins said. "They're all real cool guys. It's been pretty good, I'm just seeing what I need to work on. Learning from these guys, really."

The 6-foot-1, 188-pound corner has one semester to complete before he can head to South Bend, where he'll be coached by Cooks, who according to Watkins, isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

"I'm just ready to get up to Notre Dame," Watkins said. "I think I will fit in really well there. I like their defense and Coach Cooks. I heard about (new defensive coordinator hire Brian VanGorder), and I'm excited about him. Coach Cooks is my guy though, and he just signed a contract extension."

Watkins is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 15 cornerback in the class of 2014. Top Stories