One of the most sought-after recruits in the country took a trip to the Hilltop this past Saturday. Four-star defensive back Nick Watkins was on campus for Junior Day along with several other highly touted prospects.
Watkins, who holds a list of 19 offers- Alabama, Georgia, LSU and Notre Dame to name a few-, recently played host to SMU head coach June Jones. Jones traveled to Bishop Dunne to meet with Watkins' coaches and to discuss the possibility of him becoming a Mustang.
"It was great," Watkins said. "He talked to my coaches and he was basically telling them that they want me to stay in Dallas to be a Mustang."
Watkins says that it is a great feeling to have an offer list as deep as his. However, he believes that there is still plenty of room for him to improve his game.
"It always feels good to be wanted," said the 6-foot-1 180-pound cornerback. "It's just a blessing from God to have colleges sending you stacks of mail and coming to your school. It's just a blessing."
While on campus, Watkins says he met all of the SMU coaches and spent a great deal of time with defensive backs coach Derrick Odum, who also happens to be his recruiter.
Watkins was also pleased to meet Kevin Knox, Executive Director of the Cox Business School Alumni Association. Watkins says because he wants to major in business, this was a great opportunity for him.
"I felt really comfortable on campus," Watkins said. "I want to major in business so I got a chance to meet Mr. Knox, who runs the business school. We got shown around and I saw the facilities. It was just a great time."
Watkins wasn't the only one from his school to show up to SMU's junior day. His teammate Jovan Pruitt, who also holds an impressive offer list, visited as well. Watkins says that Pruitt is a force that makes a major impact on both sides of the ball.
"It's great when you have a monster like him," Watkins said. "He's relentless when blocking and on the defensive side of the ball when coming off that edge. It's always a big help when you have him on the front line."
Watkins has not taken many visits thus far but has traveled to visit Texas twice. Watkins says he's planning on going to Austin for the Longhorns' second junior day later on this week.
Watkins has yet to narrow down his decision or pick any favorites but is looking forward to exploring his options when the time is right.
"Right now I'm just trying to take it all in," he said.
Watkins Recaps SMU Junior Day
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