Clemson has landed a commitment from four-star defensive tackle Carlos Watkins (Forest City, N.C./Chase), according to multiple sources. The 6-foot-3, 280-pound prospected selected the Tigers over Florida.
Auburn, Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Notre Dame, Duke, N.C. State, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Alabama, Miami-Fla. and South Carolina were among his other scholarship offers.
ESPN's Craig Haubert said of the news, "Clemson is having a strong year on the field, but the Tigers are also doing well on the recruiting trail, putting together a top-10 class at this point and making a push for the top five."
"The pick-up of Watkins is a good one for the Tigers, who are getting a big and athletic player. While listed as a defensive tackle, Watkins fills several roles for his high school team, showcasing his versatility and overall athleticism for his size. He reminds us some of 2010 prospect Leon Orr who is now with Florida, the team Watkins ultimately chose Clemson over. Orr was bigger, but both these guys coming out of high school could be considered jumbo athlete types."
"Watkins will need to keep developing and polishing technique, which should come fairly quickly with intense focus on one position, but the kid can get off the ball well and has the tools to be productive and active against the run and pass. Watkins is now the sixth ESPNU 150 verbal for Clemson.”
The Tigers now have 19 commitments in its nationally-ranked Class of 2012.