If Nick Watkins (Dallas/Bishop Dunne), a 6-foot-1, 180-pound sophomore cornerback, doesn’t receive another offer throughout his recruiting process, he’d be quite content. Watkins has offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Texas A&M, SMU and Tulsa. Texas A&M was the latest school to offer last week.
“It feels great, and I just want to thank God for giving me the ability to produce on the field,” Watkins said. “I can’t put it into words how thankful I am. It’s been great with my family being behind me and my brother and dad pushing me to be the best.”
Watkins finished the 2011 season with 49 tackles and six pass breakups. He also had five interceptions, returning two for touchdowns. Watkins also saw partial time at wide receiver for Bishop Dunne.
Watkins’ highlight tape shows why he already has offers from top-tier programs. As a cover corner, he has great feet and hips, and he has long arms, which allow him to alter plays significantly. Watkins hits like a linebacker and has hands like a wide receiver. Having 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash also makes him very intriguing.
Along with his offers, Texas, Oregon and Michigan have shown major interest. SMU was the first school to offer him last month, and he’s been garnering major attention since. Watkins said the Alabama offer was a pleasant shocker.
“It was really surprising when my coach told me about them,” he said. “My emotions were like, ‘Wow! Alabama just won a national championship.’ It’s just a great feeling.”
Watkins’ five offers are great, but he is focused on becoming a better defensive player – which should result into additional scholarships. He’s planning on attending summer camps at Arkansas, Texas and Baylor and is open to attending other invitation-only events.
“I’ve been working on my speed and strength, and I’ve been working on disguising my coverages a little bit more,” Watkins said. “I should have that down by fall. I practice my coverages every day. I’m a smart gambler. I know when to make plays, and I like to make plays all over the field.
“I know I can handle a top receiver. I’m just working on staying disciplined and going out and making the right play.”