Nike camp report - Jabari Watkins

Jabari Watkins is a 6-5, 300-pound lineman from Kent (Wash.) Kentridge, and Watkins was one of a trio of top OL that showed up Friday for the Seattle Nike camp at the Dempsey Indoor facility on the campus of the University of Washington. Jabari had the ultimate motivation for participating - it was the first time he had competed in football in over a year.

"It was a great experience, competing with some of the best players around," Watkins told "All-around I think I had a pretty good day." Jabari played his sophomore year for Auburn-Riverside, but then transferred to Kentridge because of family concerns. The WIAA didn't see things that way, and made Watkins sit out a transfer year, which was in 2002.

In testing, Jabari repped 185 pounds 20 times and jumped 23.0 inches in the vertical. He also went 7-2 during the camp-ending one-on-ones. "You have to know what you're doing if you want to go up against the best," he said about the one-on-ones.

"I'm always expecting the big dog to be coming after me, and he did. (Gino) Cruse, Jr. We ended up going 1-1. I wish I could have gone up against him more. That's what I wanted. He's a really nice guy."

The Nike camp was just a warm up for other camps Watkins. "We're going to Washington State next, and I hope things go right there," Jabari said. "That's our team camp and the team is the most important thing for me right now. This was just something to get me and two of my other teammates, Ryan Stokes and Brett Pearce, warmed up.

"Then I might just go up to a camp at Eastern Washington. I've heard they might do some camps later on the summer. And maybe Montana. I like their program and what they've got going on."

According to Watkins, recruiting interest is heating up, with some out-of-state schools making the biggest splash - including Oregon, Oregon State and Idaho State. "And there's still Colorado and Washington too," Jabari said. "I'll go to the place that has the best deal for me and who really wants me."

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