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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Watch List CB Watkins not deciding soon

By Max Olson

Nick Watkins understands there will be many recruits who hurry and make commitments this spring. That’s how recruiting works in the state of Texas. He just doesn’t see why that has to be the case for him.

He’s got offers from more than 20 schools, many of them elite programs, but the Dallas Bishop Dunne cornerback is in no hurry to pick one.

Nick Watkins
Watch List cornerback Nick Watkins doesn't plan to make a commitment until 2014.
“I don’t really see the big deal on committing early,” Watkins said. “You’re not taking in the full process, you know? I want to do the four, five visits so that one day, you know, I can tell my kids about it when they’re going through it. It’s a great process.”

The ESPN Watch List defensive back prospect has long set his sights on a date: Jan. 27, 2014. That’s his birthday. That’s also when he’d prefer to announce his college decision.

So Watkins is playing the long game right now. He attended his first junior day at SMU last weekend. He’ll visit Texas on Saturday with teammate Jovan Pruitt. After that? He’s not sure.

“I’m probably going to make a couple out-of-state visits,” Watkins said. “I just want to get around, see what some colleges have to offer. That’s probably going to come in the fall.”

Watkins said he’s especially interested in visiting Notre Dame. He’d also like to check out Alabama and said he could take a visit to Michigan in the summer.

Which, if any, of those schools is in the lead right now? Watkins won’t say.

“Everybody is sending me junior day invites and Facebooking me and saying, ‘Call me! Call me!’” he said. “I can’t really single out one school or coach. Everybody is sending mail and doing their part, making their bid.”

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound cornerback is excited to visit Austin this weekend and take in one of the Longhorns’ first spring practices. It was secondary coach Duane Akina’s preference that his defensive back targets come on Feb. 23 to get the full practice experience.

“I’m looking forward to seeing them practice, and [Quandre] Diggs and [Carrington] Byndom,” Watkins said. “I feel like I want to learn and add some more tips and tricks to my arsenal of going up against top receivers, get that feel for a college practice and the high intensity.”

Watkins is also interested to see how things play out for Pruitt during this weekend’s visit. The 6-foot-6, 295-pound offensive tackle prospect is looking forward to finding out if he officially has a Texas offer.

After picking up offers from Ole Miss, Texas Tech and SMU in the past week, Pruitt is becoming one of the state’s more coveted tackle prospects. That doesn’t surprise Watkins one bit.

“I’m happy for him,” Watkins said. “He’s been on top of his grades and he’s been on it. It’s paying off and I’m really happy for him.”