The Northwestern Wildcats had several big visits in Evanston on Saturday, and none of those recruits were bigger than 2014 four-star wide receiver and dual-threat quarterback Dareian Watkins. Just when his recruitment was really starting to heat up, Watkins decided announce that he was ready to make a decision after calling his visit to Northwestern “fantastic”. 247Sports reports that Watkins has decided to choose Northwestern, and he is the seventh commit in what is shaping up to be an excellent 2014 class for head coach Pat Fitzgerald. Watkins, like several others, lauded Northwestern for its integrity and praised Fitzgerald.
Watkins received several prestigious offers during his recruitment with offer from the Michigan State Spartans, Penn State Nittany Lions, Illinois Fighting Illini, Indiana Hoosiers, Cincinnati Bearcats, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Iowa Hawkeyes, Maryland Terrapins, Louisville Cardinals, West Virginia Mountaineers, Purdue Boilermakers, Wisconsin Badgers, North Carolina State Wolfpack, and Minnesota Golden Gophers.
Heavily recruited in Big Ten circles, the top 250 recruit took visits this spring to Michigan State, Illinois, and Indiana, In fact, Watkins’s finalists were Michigan State, Northwestern, Indiana, and Illinois. Both Michigan State and Northwestern looked like the two most likely landing spots for Watkins, and Steve Wiltfong wisely made the call for Northwestern to land Dareian Watkins a day before he made his announcement- now that’s psychic.
Watkins is one of the top 25 athletes in the country, and he will play wide receiver for the Northwestern Wildcats. The 6’2″, 192 pound Galion standout has great size, and his excellent ball skills made him an ideal fit for wide receiver. Northwestern is getting a supremely talented four-star recruit, and it will be interesting to see how they develop the high-upside prospect at WR.
Notes: Penn State offered Dareian Watkins, but they decided to quit recruiting him at some point in the near future. The Wisconsin Badgers were deemed as darkhorses to land Watkins. The 247Composite does not rank Watkins as one of the top ten recruits in the state of Ohio, and he had lead recruiters from Arkansas and Michigan- but not Ohio State.