January 16, 2013
Watkins high on Spartans
This past weekend Michigan State was able to host numerous top recruits for the class of 2014 on campus for a Junior Day. One of the players in attendance was Dareian Watkins of Galion High School in Ohio. SpartanMag.com caught up with Watkins and got his thoughts on his time in East Lansing.
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Watkins is a dynamic athlete that can play multiple positions at the next level. To that point, he is being recruited for both sides of the ball as well as simply just an "athlete" by numerous BCS programs. Watkins already has an impressive list of early scholarships which includes Illinois, Indiana, Northwestern, Purdue, Georgia Tech, Cincinnati as well as a host of MAC programs.
Watkins spoke with SpartanMag.om about his visit to Michigan State University this past Sunday.
"Everything about Michigan State stood out," Watkins stated. "The best part for me was being able interact with all the coaches. I really liked the campus and how everything is all together in one area."
This past fall Watkins helped lead Galion High school to a 9-2 record. He missed a small portion of the season due to having to get minor surgery on his knee. He spoke with us about his recovery and the feedback he received from Spartan Head Coach Mark Dantonio while he was on campus.
"Yes, I am fully healthy and the knee is awesome," Watkins said. "Coach Dantonio told me that I have an offer coming he just wants to see me run in person."
"Run in person" could come at various times this winter, spring or summer. It could mean that the Spartans stop into one of his track meets at Galion High School during the spring evaluation period or it could be at a camp, be it Michigan State's or one in which the staff is allowed to attend like Sound Mind-Sound Body.
Watkins is being recruited for the Spartan by Assistant Coach Mike Tressel. Galion, Ohio sits in the north-central part of the state almost equal distance from Toledo, Columbus and Cleveland. It is about 3.5 hours from Watkins house to Spartan stadium. SpartanMag.com asked Watkins when he plans on making his college choice and where Michigan State would stand if he does indeed receive a scholarship offer from Coach Dantonio?
"I want to make my decision before my senior year, he said. "Michigan State would definitely be at the top."
SpartanMag.com will continue to follow the recruitment of Watkins in the coming weeks. Watkins has a lot of ability, both with and without the ball in his hands. He certainly will be an excellent addition to whatever program he ends up selecting.
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