In 2007, the Rutgers offensive line allowed the fewest sacks in the nation. The Scarlet Knights will look to continue their success on the offensive line with the commitment of Devon Watkis. The 6'8"-285lbs OT selected Rutgers over scholarship offers from Duke and Maryland with strong interest from Michigan, Connecticut, and Syracuse.
After receiving a written scholarship offer from Rutgers on Tuesday, Watkis quickly decided that Rutgers was the place where he wanted to spent his college years. He stated that "they are a building team. They have not won a national championship, yet, and I want to be a part of the team that wins one.They are hungry to win one".
His wanting to be a part of a national championship team at Rutgers was not the only reason why he selected Rutgers. The feeling of home that the Rutgers coaching staff created for Watkis was the second reason why he selected Rutgers. He stated that "the coaching staff is excellent and made me feel at home...I just had the feeling like they had known me for a long time but I only just met them".
The third reason why he selected Rutgers was the excellent academics. He would like to major in communications and use his degree to become a sports writer or sports analyst.
Also, Watkis wanted to make an early decision to have a good senior year and not have to think about the decision later. The fact that Rutgers appeared to have a limited number of scholarships made him want to hop on the train now.
Note: Watkis plays center for his high school basketball team where he averages 8 ppg with 6 rebounds. His performance helped the basketball team to make the second round of the Long Island playoff. He reports that he runs a 5.2 in the forty, bench presses 275lbs, and squats 350.