ND Ride On The Way

Jaylen Watkins has yet to speak with anyone from the Notre Dame football program. On Friday morning, the four-star athlete from Cape Coral (Fla.) High, will be speaking with the Irish's number one in command.

"My coach just told me they called and they're offering, and I'm talking to them tomorrow morning," Jaylen Watkins said.

The 6-foot, 175-pound Watkins says he will be talking with Weis around 9 a.m.

While Weis is going to get a chance to make his first pitch about why Notre Dame could be the right place for Watkins, his Cape Coral High teammate Spencer Boyd has already started filling him in on the program. Boyd has the Irish among his favorites, and will be visiting South Bend for the first time the weekend of April 18th.

"He was telling me how much he likes coach Weis, and how much he likes the school, and when he looks at the facilities online, they're nice, and his judgment of nice is the same as mine, so I think I would like it too," Watkins explained.

"I know they have great history."

Watkins obviously has a great game.

So far, Watkins has raked in 20 scholarship offers from top-notch programs like Florida, Florida State, Alabama, LSU, Georgia, Ohio State, Ole Miss and Miami. Most schools are recruiting him as a cornerback, the position he prefers.

"They like my tackling as a corner," Watkins said. "They say most corners don't tackle well, and I tackle everyone."

This past season, Watkins had 74 tackles and three interceptions. He also threw for 419 yards and five touchdowns, rushed for 329 yards and five scores, and returned two kickoffs for points.

So far, Watkins has only visited Florida and Miami. He says he'll look into visiting Notre Dame with Boyd for the spring game.

This afternoon, Watkins was with Boyd when his coach told him Notre Dame was stepping to the table.

"I just kind of looked at Spencer because he was standing right there," Watkins said. "We thought we would have a lot of the same big-time offers that we would consider, and we finally looked at each other and said there goes one.

"If we have a chance and we both agree on a school that would be great, but we're not trying to go as a package deal."

Watkins has a 3.26 GPA, and would like to make his college decision by the end of May.

"I'm looking for great academics, and a place where I can go and feel comfortable for my next four years playing football," Watkins explained. "A place where I can get a great education and become a great athlete at the same time.

"I can see myself leaving the state of Florida, but if I find a place I really like in Florida, I'll probably stay close to home."

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