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With 10 scholarships already in hand, Galion (OH) athlete Dareian Watkins was convinced that a Wisconsin scholarship offer was coming his way. With all the coaching upheaval, Watkins is unsure of where he stands.

MADISON - Wisconsin has always had a great eye when it comes to finding that diamond in the rough recruit, but that theory no longer applies to Gallon (OH) High junior athlete Dareian Watkins. The 6-2, 185-pound Watkins emerged with a breakout season.

Leading his team to a 9-2 record, Watkins – rated as an early three-star athlete and the No.38 receiver in the class by - had 24 catches for over 400 yards and four touchdowns in four games at wide receiver; 500 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns; 400 passing yards and six passing touchdowns in four games at quarterback and returned three punts for touchdowns.

As a result, a lot of schools have picked up their interests.

"A lot of schools are interested, so it's been fun," Watkins told Badger Nation. "I have offers from Illinois, Georgia Tech, Northwestern, Indiana, Purdue, Cincinnati, Toledo, Ohio, Akron and Bowling Green. No one is sticking out yet. I'm just now sitting down and looking at all the info about each school."

The relationship with Wisconsin has been building since the spring game, especially with wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni being Watkins' lead recruiter. But since the departure of Bret Bielema, Azzanni and others, the communications from Wisconsin has gone quiet.

"I thought Wisconsin was going to offer and we were set to go down for a bowl practice, but now with the coaching change I don't know what's going on," said Watkins. "Coach Azzanni is my recruiter, who is a great guy, but I haven't heard from Wisconsin since the news.

"I mean it sucks knowing that I had an offer coming and now I might not, but I would still consider going there. I like that they have an amazing fan base. People go nuts about their Wisconsin football. They are a great program and they win a lot of games. I want to learn more about the school and not just the football aspect."

With no visits planned, Watkins prepares to do indoor track to keep himself conditioned and prepare himself for his senior season.

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