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Five things to watch this weekend

10/13/2011

Watkins set to decide between Clemson and Florida

ESPNU 150 defensive tackle Carlos Watkins (Forest City, N.C./Chase) decide between Clemson and Florida on Friday night. He recently said the Gators have a slight edge after officially visiting the school for the Alabama game. Watkins, 6-3 and 275 pounds, loves the idea of playing for Gators defensive tackle coach Bryant Young, a Super Bowl winner with the San Francisco 49ers. At the same time, he loves the feel and atmosphere at Clemson and the Tigers have a great DL coach in Dan Brooks. Watkins has huddled up with his coach and family this week to discuss his decision. It could go either way.

Watkins, the No. 13 DT in the country, will make his commitment after his high school.

Checking in with Davis

Three-star WR Quinshad Davis (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney) will make an unofficial visit to Wake Forest to see the Demon Deacons host Virginia Tech. Who else is on his radar?

“I really like Wake Forest,” said Davis. “And I want to check them out. I will wait and take all my official visits later on this year but I think I will officially visit Wake Forest, Georgia and Clemson. I am not sure on the others. I have put recruiting on the back burner. It’s my senior year and I have to get that ring.”

Davis, 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds, has 46 receptions for 907 yards and 13 scores. In fact, Davis has been so dominant that he has at least 100 yards receiving in all seven games and in five of those contests, he’s only played about a half. The Indians are 7-0 and ranked No. 1 in the state.

“Quinshad is playing with so much confidence,” said Gaffney coach Dan Jones. “He has really developed his hands and catches the ball so well now. He has those strong hands and is more physical than last season. He’s really locked in.”

Davis was named to December’s North Carolina-South Carolina Shrine Bowl on Wednesday.

Big weekend for the Tigers

Auburn will host the Gators on Saturday as well as a handful of prospects, including ESPNU 150 defensive end Jordan Jenkins (Hamilton, Ga./Harris County). Jenkins visited the Vols last weekend and will also officially visit Georgia, Alabama and Florida by the end of November. Also scheduled to visit the Tigers this weekend are three-star center Matthew Cochran (Atwater, Calif./Buhach) and ESPNU 150 defensive end Leonard Williams (Daytona Beach, Fla./Mainland).

The reigning national champs have 15 commitments and are No. 8 in the class rankings.

Three to visit Vandy

The Commodores will host ESPNU 150 linebacker Raphael Kirby (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson), four-star safety Jordan Diggs (Cape Coral, Fla./Island Coast) and three-star running back Shadrach Thornton (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County) this weekend.

Kirby, who committed to the Hurricanes back in May, is exploring other schools. He has also set up visits to South Carolina, Florida as well as Miami. One of his good friends, teammate Darrion Herring, has already committed to Vandy.

Diggs has already visited Nebraska and has set up a future trip to South Carolina. Thornton has given Kentucky a soft commitment. He has recently visited NC State and is scheduled to visit Georgia Tech later this month.

Washington to visit Mississippi State

Jordan Washington (Suwannee, Ga./North Gwinnett) will make an unofficial visit this weekend to Starkville, Miss., when Mississippi State takes on South Carolina. This three-star defensive tackle favors Mississippi State and Ohio State, but also said to me via text message that Maryland’s up there as well.