Camp Grind Starts for Watkins

Although he is still searching for his first offer, Galion (Ohio) 2014 athlete Dareian Watkins is attracting early attention that leads many to believe he'll be one of the top players in the Midwest.

MADISON - Galion (Ohio) sophomore athlete Dareian Watkins does not have a verbal offer through the early parts of his recruiting process, but one would never know with the amount of attention he received from college assistants during the spring evaluation period.

Hearing from schools like Duke, Illinois, Georgia Tech, Kent State, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Penn State, West Virginia and Wisconsin, Watkins recognizes that his recruitment is just starting to heat up.

"It's exciting because I am only a sophomore and a lot of kids my age don't get the type of interest I am getting," Watkins told Badger Nation. "It's something I look forward to and is making me work ever harder."

At 6-1, 190 pounds, Watkins played quarterback and defensive back last season, but is being recruited by Wisconsin as a wide receiver. Watkins visited Camp Randall last season for the Badgers' victory over Purdue and again for the UW spring game in April.

"The coaching staff is really nice," said Watkins. "The first time I went there, I was able to sit down with coach Joe Rudolph and had a really good conversation. He really connected with my whole family throughout the day, so that kind of caught my attention the first time.

"The second time it felt the same way talking with wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni. I really like the campus."

Wisconsin is one of the many schools Watkins is heading to in what promises to be an exhausting summer camp circuit. Heading to Kentucky this weekend for a camp, Watkins is going to Georgia Tech, Illinois, Kent State, possibly Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

"This is going to be a busy summer," said Watkins. "Almost every weekend I'll have a different place to go. I want to go to these camps and hopefully get my name out there a little more to the point where I get that first offer."

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