Watkins Reviews Penn State Visit

Versatile Cincy back gives the lowdown on his first trip to Happy Valley. It ended up lasting longer than he anticipated.

Class of 2013 running back Keith Watkins only camped a half day at Penn State's second Advanced Skill Camp Saturday. But the Moeller High (Cincinnati, Ohio) prospect stood out, in part due to his versatile play.

He can play running back and defensive back, and return kicks.

"We were only going to stay for the morning part of camp, but we ended up sticking around in the afternoon to tour campus," Watkins said. The senior to be has more than 10 offers. While he says running back is his best position, there is something else he loves doing.

"Returning kicks is one of my favorites, because you start off the game trying to get a touchdown, and if you get one, you get all the momentum," Watkins said. "It's an awesome feeling."

Watkins says Penn State is a relatively new school to him, as the Lions just started recruiting him. With that in mind, he doesn't know much about them, but said that was part of the reason he and his family made the six hour drive from Cincinnati along with 2015 teammate Chase Pankey, a wide-receiver.

"I want to learn more about these guys, and the tour of the facilities today helped me start that process. The facilities are beautiful," Watkins noted. "And the weight room, man, that's particularly beautiful. It really stood out to me."

While disappointed he didn't receive an offer, Watkins said running backs coach Charles London and secondary coach John Butler — Butler recruits the Cincinnati area — told him to keep in touch as they are going to evaluate camp film this week.

"They told me to keep in touch and keep working hard. While I was disappointed I didn't get an offer, it was really worth it to make the trip and see the campus up here," Watkins said. "There was a lot of competition here, and there were a lot of campers up here so I was really thrilled that I was able to get up here and be a part of it. "

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