2014 four-star athlete Dareian Watkins is one of the most heavily recruited prospects in the country, and Big Ten schools are all over the Galion standout. Arguably one of the top ten recruits in the state of Ohio, the Michigan State Spartans and Northwestern Wildcats are jockeying heavily for Watkins’s services. Today, Northwestern will host Watkins on a crucial unofficial visit, and a strong visit could help narrow the gap between the Wildcats and the Spartans, who are viewed as the most likely landing spot for Watkins. Other schools that Watkins is high on are the Penn State Nittany Lions, Illinois Fighting Illini, Indiana Hoosiers, and Wisconsin Badgers. Per 247Sports, all other schools have been eliminated by Watkins.
There can be no doubt that Dareian Watkins is one of the top 25 athletes in the country, and he has the ability to play as a wide receiver or even a dual-threat quarterback at the collegiate level. Watkins had 16 passing touchdowns to just four interceptions last season for Galion, and he ran for 559 yards and ten touchdowns on exactly 100 carries. Those 26 touchdowns represent the type of playmaking ability that Watkins would bring to the table for any program.
Next week, the Wisconsin Badgers will host Watkins on an unofficial visit, and he took a trip to Michigan State last month. In April, coaches from Michigan State and Indiana took visits to check on Watkins, and it seems like Pat Narduzzi and Mike Tressel are bringing the house to land Watkins. All eight experts on 247Sports, by the way, have chosen the consensus, top 250 recruit to commit to the Michigan State Spartans.
The 6’2″, 192 pound recruit could be a great project at the wide receiver position with his ball skills, and different teams will view him as a different player per their scheme- that sort of positional versatility is the main reason why he is such a coveted prospect.