Past Experience — Watkis had his most significant role as a sophomore when he played during the 2010 offensive-line struggles. He has been primarily a backup and practice-squad contributor during his Rutgers career, but has made a few strong pushes for playing time.
As a Recruit — Rutgers was the lone offer for the class of 2010 three-star big man. Committing in April of his junior year, Watkis had interest from Virginia, Michigan and Boston College and ranked in as the No. 82 player at his position.
Spring Performance — Watkis hit the field hard this spring, trying to make a final push for playing time at Rutgers. With experience as a guard and tackle, Watkis showed new offensive line coach Damian Wroblewski and head coach Kyle Flood enough to grab the fourth tackle spot on the post-spring two-deep.
Does Well — Watkis has the benefit of four years in a college conditioning program., He brings a toughness factor that out-shines the younger linemen on the roster. Watkis is huge at 6-foot-7, 315 pounds and is a nice veteran presence whether he stays on the two-deep or not.
Needs to Improve — Watkis has questionable footwork at tackle and does not move as well as he needs to when playing guard. To compete for playing time, Watkis has to show improved athleticism to go along with his toughness and veteran presence.
Long-Term Outlook — Watkis has one final shot to win playing time at Rutgers. Rutgers saw Art Forst rise from the ashes in his last go-around last season and Watkis can put himself in position to do something similar, but has a lot more work to do.