After unofficially visiting some Big Ten teams on Monday and Tuesday, 2014 four-star athlete Dareian Watkins received an offer from a different Big Ten team on March 27th. That team was the Penn State Nittany Lions and they became the ninth Big Ten team to offer at the 2014 recruit.
He has received plenty of interest from major programs, but seems to only be interested in six teams (all from the Big Ten). These teams are the Michigan State Spartans, Northwestern Wildcats, Illinois Fighting Illini, Indiana Hoosiers, Penn State Nittany Lions, and Wisconsin Badgers.
Since the beginning of March, Watkins has made three unofficial visits to schools and all of them were from the Big Ten (Indiana, Illinois, and Northwestern). Right now, Michigan State and Northwestern seem to be at the top, but it’s a VERY long time until signing day for the Class of 2014.
Although they aren’t at the top of the list, I believe the team to watch in Watkins’ recruitment is the Illinois Fighting Illini. Illinois is entering the second year of head coach Tim Beckman’s reign.
Beckman and Illinois might have had a rocky 2013 season, but he is trying to build that team right.
The 6’2″, 192 pound athlete is from Galion, Ohio. He is currently a junior at Galion High School. In 2012, Watkins played quarterback and wide receiver.
After looking at the film from 2012, Watkins might be an athlete, but I wouldn’t be surprised if teams recruit him as a wide receiver. He has great hands and moves in the open field. He can be effective on screens and fly routes. His moves are great in the open field and he shows amazing speed in order to get past defenders. On top of that, he can return kicks as well.
The four-star recruit is currently ranked 8th in the state of Ohio, 15th among athletes, and 177th nationally among 2014 high school recruits by 247Sports.
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