Rated: Watkins is currently ranked a four-star prospect and the No.47 wide receiver in the country by Scout.com.
On Film: I think Watkins is a great get for Wisconsin. He is a kid who is long been on their radar and they were persistent and continue to recruit him even through his commitment to another school. Is a really good sized kid with athleticism and the experience of playing several positions on the field. Even though he has not played a lot of receiver, I was impressed with his hands and skill set when I saw him play there in a camp setting. And I always love kids who have played quarterback in high school because it means they have taken on the responsibilities of playing that position, leading the team, running the offense, and just being counted on for a lot of different things and that's exactly what Dareian has had throughout his career.
- National/Midwest Recruiting Analyst Allen Trieu
Recruiting Impact: Wisconsin continues to overhaul its wide receiver position, which is about to lose its best player in Jared Abbrederis and doesn't have a clear-cut dependable player behind him. Wisconsin has nabbed four wide receiver prospects in this class – Watkins, Krenwick Sanders, Chris Jones and Natrell Jamerson – and still is still in good position for its top player in the class in Jamil Kamara. Getting the four-star receiver out of Virginia Beach would be icing on the cake for a position group that has already gone over a massive facelift.
Quotable: "For their first year, the coaches have done a great job. Wisconsin consistently wins. I don't have to worry about coming in my first year and it being a down year." – Watkins.
Final Thought: Adding a four-star prospect, regardless of position, if never a bad thing for Wisconsin. Persistence by wide receiver coach Chris Beatty paid off in this situation, as Watkins has a chance to be a good player down the road after he gets adjusted to catching the ball full time instead of throwing the ball.