Dareian Watkins from Galion Ohio is rated as one of the best recruits for the upcoming 2014 class. Rivals.com has him rated as a 4 star recruit in their early national rating. He has offers from over 20 mid-west schools including Wisconsin, West Virginia, Purdue and Iowa. We recently discussed with him his college visit plans in addition to where teams stand with him over-all. He is yet to receive an offer from Urban Meyer and the Ohio State football program but has strong interest in the in-state program.
Watkins feels that his versatility is a great asset for him at the college level. “I've been told that my best asset is my versatility. I think I'm able to play multiple positions at a high level. A lot of people know that I can play QB or WR. I also play 3 positions on defense, return punts/kicks and I'm a punter too.” he explained to us.
He met a number of his goals this past season and hopes to play early at the next level. “This year we were able to accomplish our 2 main goals of winning an outright league championship and making the playoffs. I would like to earn early playing time if possible. I want to play for a winning program or have a big part in helping a team become a winning program.”
Watkins is looking forward to a couple of high caliber school visits in the near future. “I have taken a lot of visits and I plan to take a break for awhile. I will visit Wisconsin and Ohio State in the near future. I might go to Michigan State for their basketball game against OSU.”
“Right now I'm getting to know coaches better at each school. I like Coach Fitzgerald at Northwestern and Coach Beckman at Illinois a lot. I'm learning more about OSU and Wisconsin.” He told us about the schools that he leans towards in his current recruitment.