February 25, 2013

Watkins gets Spartan offer

One of the top prospects in the state of Ohio for the class of 2014 is 4-star athlete recruit Dareian Watkins of Galion High School. Michigan State recently extend and offer to Watkins and SpartanMag.com has the details.

Michigan State is looking to add another dynamic athlete to the class of 2014 and the 6-foot-2, 192-pound Harris has moved to the top of the list of players they covet.

Earlier this winter Harris attended the Spartan's Junior Day and came away impressed. He had the following to say about his time in East Lansing.

"Everything about Michigan State stood out," Watkins stated. "The best part for me was being able to interact with all the coaches. I really liked the campus and how everything is all together in one area. Michigan State would definitely be at the top."

Watkins indicated that the Spartans wanted to see him run in person, but apparently reviewing his senior hightlight after his foot had healed was all Head Coach Mark Dantonio needed to see.

We spoke with Watkins about his Spartan offer and the other schools that have joined the mix.

"I was just offered by Michigan State," Watkins said. "It is an honor o have this opportunity.I also just got offers from Louisville and Kentucky."

The recent offers push Watkins' scholarship total over 15. Some of the other BCS schools involved include Illinois, Iowa, Northwestern and West Virginia.

Watkins has been proactive when it comes o learning about schools and how he might fit in. He indicated that he still plans on making his college choice later this spring or early in the summer.

"I am think I would like to make my choice in May, but definitely before I start my senior year. I plan on narrowing my list down next month and going from there."

Watkins plans on making some additional trips in the coming weeks and also wants to check out some spring practices of his top choices. Seeing the players and coaches interact is an important aspect in his recruitment.

Watkins informed us that Spartan Coach Mike Tressel is serving as his primary recruiter for Michigan State.

This past fall Watkins accounted for over 1300-yards of total offense for Galion High School and was involved in 20 touchdowns via the pass, run and catch. He was able to do this despite missing several games with a foot injury.

Most teams, including Michigan State, like Watkins as a big wide receiver prospect who is physical enough to make plays over the middle as well as gain yards after contact. Pairing a player like Watkins with current commitment Drake Harris would give Michigan State as dynamic a pair of wideouts as anyone in the nation.

Watkins has been invited to several regional camps and combines, including the Rivals.com/Under Armour Invite Only Camp. Performing well at that event would make him eligible for the 5-Star Academy which will be held later this summer.

SpartanMag.com will be sure to keep in contact with Watkins in the coming weeks. We have learned that the Michigan State staff plans to have several top recruits on campus either for a scrimmage or the Green and White Game. You can be sure Watkins will be one of the players they hope to have in attendance.

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