DL Carlos Watkins (6-4 285) of Forest City, NC has offers from USC, Clemson, Alabama, North Carolina, NC State, Duke, Wake Forest, Notre Dame, Florida, Miami, Tennessee, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Maryland and Vanderbilt among many others.
Coach Daniel Bailey has an idea of which schools Watkins is showing the most interest. "He doesn't have a top five, per se," Bailey said adding, "The schools he talks the most about are South Carolina, Clemson, Notre Dame, Florida and Miami."
Watkins recently returned from a visit to Notre Dame where he felt very comfortable. "He loved the tradition and the history there," Bailey said. "They aren't very flashy and neither is Carlos. He said, 'coach, they make being unflashy cool.'"
Watkins will likely visit Clemson, USC and Florida this summer and save his official visits for schools further away from home. "He grew up a Miami fan but I don't think that will factor into his decision," his coach said.
Bailey went on to say that he felt distance to home may be the deciding factor when Watkins announces his choice. "He has a great family and a great support system at home," said Bailey. "He has a younger brother and sister and he may want to be closer to them."