Jordan Watkins admitted to Stanford

Last Friday night, Stanford defensive lineman commit Jordan Watkins saw his high-school career end with a 35-7 loss in the playoffs. The next day, however, Watkins received some much-welcomed news about his college future, cushioning the blow at least partially.

"I got a call from Coach Mason and he told me he wanted to congratulate me on getting accepted to Stanford University," Jordan Watkins said. "I was definitely excited about it. Just because I already knew I committed to Stanford and everything, but just with it being such a great school you're always still nervous about being accepted. As soon as I found out I told my mom and she told my dad. They were both excited and happy about it. They talked to Coach Mason for a while, too."

Armed with news of his admittance, Watkins said his commitment to the Cardinal is solid.

"It's 100 percent Stanford all the way," Watkins said.

Watkins committed to Stanford in September shortly after taking an unofficial visit to The Farm. His rapport with several current players played a key role in that choice.

"I remember going out on a visit in late July and going into it, I already knew some things about Stanford," Watkins said. "I knew they were the Orange Bowl champions last year with a lot of seniors coming back. I knew it was a great school academically, but one thing I really didn't know that much about it was the people there. I remember hanging out with some players there…I hung out with James Vaughters, Henry Anderson, Ronnie Harris, and all three of those guys come from the state of Georgia so they could kind of relate to what the whole transition process would be like. I felt like I really felt in with them. Coach Shaw went around with us pretty much the whole day, Coach Mason did as well, and on that visit I felt like I could really see myself fitting in here."

Although he hasn't visited The Farm since then, Watkins plans to take two trips to Stanford in the next few months – an official visit for the Notre Dame game, and an unofficial trip for Stanford's big recruiting weekend in January.

Meanwhile, he's kept close tabs on his future team.

"Without a doubt I think it's been a great year, especially with some of their injuries have been going on," Watkins said. "They lost Shayne Skov early in the year, Chris Owusu has been getting hurt a lot with concussions…I hope he's going to be going to be okay with those. They're probably not going to go to a Pac-12 Championship right away, but they're definitely still in the running for a BCS game, so I think that's a successful season."

Since he committed to the Cardinal over summer, Watkins has stayed in touch with his fellow class of 2012 Cardinal recruits.

"We have a group on Facebook and we've been talking for a while, seeing how everyone's season has been going, who's going to be visiting when," Watkins said. "We talk about some guys that are interested in Stanford, and they're saying there's this person in this area, this person in that area. We go from there and try to help the coaches recruit them."

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