A player that was high on the recruiting board of the old coaching staff, the 6-2, 185-pound Watkins finally got in touch with the new coaching staff, and was extended a scholarship offer Thursday evening.
"They were in my top three before the staff coaching change," Watkins told Badger Nation. "I loved my visits to Madison and think they were awesome."
Having been an unofficial visitor for past games and last year's spring game, Watkins is being recruited by new wide receivers coach Chris Beatty.
"Coach Beatty is a very honest coach," said Watkins. "He is calm and very thorough. He won't try to impress kids with false promises or stuff like that."
A three-star recruit and No. 38 wide receiver according to Scout.com, Watkins holds additional offers from Illinois, Indiana, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan State, West Virginia and many others.
"I'm trying to narrow it down to four or five schools over the next few months," said Watkins. "I want the schools I feel the most comfortable with. (Those) are some big factors when I narrow it down. The coaches are important and a key, too."
There are two schools that are already in place to make Watkins' top five and explained what he has in store for any upcoming visit plans.
"I haven't made the short list yet," said Watkins. "Northwestern and Illinois will be two of the five on that list. I plan on visiting Northwestern sometime and would like to visit every school on my short list, when I decide who will make that list."
Playing quarterback, receiver and defensive back during his high school career, Watkins led his team to a 9-2 record and 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.
Badger Nation's Brice Marich contributed to this report