Woodward Academy DL Jordan Watkins approaching 30 offers with UGA invite

The combination of elite athletic ability and high academics has brought Woodward Academy defensive lineman Jordan Watkins nearly 30 scholarship offers, the latest from UGA. (Photo by Rusty Mansell/247Sports.com)

The combination of elite athleticism and high academics has brought Woodward Academy defensive lineman Jordan Watkins nearly 30 scholarship offers, the latest from UGA. (Photo by Rusty Mansell/247Sports.com)

The first scholarship offers for Jordan Watkins began rolling in more than a year ago when he was still a sophomore at Woodward Academy. But one he’s always hoped for didn’t come until this week.

The University of Georgia offered Watkins a scholarship on Tuesday via an avalanche of letters in his mailbox from multiple coaches. The Bulldogs’ invitation was No. 28 of what is now 29 opportunities (Florida followed suit Tuesday night).

But if Watkins is annoyed about having to wait on UGA, he isn’t showing it.

“I don’t question them at all,” Watkins said of fielding 27 offers before Georgia’s finally came. “I’m sure they’re trying to make sure they offer the right person nowadays. When I say that, I mean with a great academic and athletic background. So I had no problem waiting.”

Watkins certainly fills the bill both athletically and academically. At 6-foot-5, 265 pounds, the defensive tackle is considered among the top prospects in the state for 2012. I included him among my “Tentative Top 10 recruits for 2012 and he was named second-team Class AAA All-State after recording 61 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss and six sacks for the Eagles (10-2) last season.

Watkins’ academic numbers are just as impressive. He sports a 3.7 grade-point average while taking college preparatory classes at the prestigious Atlanta private school.

“It’s a huge plus,” Watkins said of his academic success.

Georgia tends to be one of the more deliberate programs around when it comes to dispensing scholarship offers, especially when it comes to in-state prospects. Generally the Bulldogs don’t distribute them in earnest until this time of year, about 10 or 11 months before the next national signing period.  They are approaching 50 offer extensions at this point, according to Scout.com’s prospects database.

While Watkins is just getting his offer now, he said Georgia has been recruiting him for a long time and he has a well-established relationship with the coaching staff, including head coach Mark Richt.

“I knew they liked me,” he said. “But them offering feels great and is a huge blessing. I’d definitely considering going there. It’s a great school for broadcast journalism and communications, which are the two majors I’m considering.”

But for Watkins, there are no bad options. Georgia Tech, a school he grew up following closely, offered him last fall. He has opportunities at great academic institutions such as Duke, Notre Dame, Stanford and Vanderbilt. And he has offers traditional football powers such as Florida, LSU, Miami Oklahoma, Penn State and Tennessee.

Understandably, Watkins is a long way from narrowing his choices.

“I’ve been busy with basketball and school lately so I haven’t had time to [determine] favorites,” he said.

For Watkins, patience is also a strongsuit.

By Chip Towers, The College Recruiting Blog

135 comments Add your comment

Well said

March 2nd, 2011
12:39 pm

duiU

March 2nd, 2011
12:49 pm

Does he have a DUI???

I am pretty sure the only way to get into the Georgia Tech Athletic Program is with a DUI on your record.

1eyedJack

March 2nd, 2011
12:51 pm

Hopefully we won’t be signing 26 again next year, so, first come first served Mr. Watkins.

D A DoubleU G

March 2nd, 2011
12:54 pm

Young man, if you are serious about Broadcast Journalism and Communications, UGA is THE place for you.

Best of luck wherever you chose….. except Georgia Tech!!!

GO DAWGS!!!!!

joe

March 2nd, 2011
1:01 pm

@ D A- If he had said to Chip, he was considering Accounting as a major, would you have said ” If you are serious about accounting, UGA is THE place for you?”

schmeckdawg

March 2nd, 2011
1:01 pm

This is a great kid!!! He would be a tremendous addition to The UGA Football team!!!!!!!

BigTimeTECHFan

March 2nd, 2011
1:03 pm

Broadcast Journalism and Communications and Football combos:
UGA
USC
Texas
Miami

BigTimeTECHFan

March 2nd, 2011
1:04 pm

Also TCU would fit that list

Birds Nest

March 2nd, 2011
1:06 pm

Beast from the East

March 2nd, 2011
1:08 pm

Nice to see a young man that is taking academics seriously. Football is temporary, but that education will last forever. Would love to see you become a member of the Gator Nation, but wish you the best of luck wherever you decide to go to school.
Go Gators!

jimmiejohn

March 2nd, 2011
1:11 pm

Freshman year at UGA, Broadcast Journalism and Communications 101: “look ma, I’m on the teevee”

D A DoubleU G

March 2nd, 2011
1:15 pm

I so in fact know some accountants that went to UGA.

so….. YES!!!

GO DAWGS!!

DumdUGA

March 2nd, 2011
1:17 pm

Only an idi0t would talk about arrest and root for UGA

collegeballfan

March 2nd, 2011
1:18 pm

I would hope he picks GT but if he gets an offer from Stanford he is a dummy if he does not take it.

saban

March 2nd, 2011
1:23 pm

I am not sure if we will put him in our grey shirt program or not. Probably fits with Georgia. I imagine with him they might even beat Central Florida. NAH.

Tommy

March 2nd, 2011
1:24 pm

Those majors will get you no where.

wolfman

March 2nd, 2011
1:25 pm

@duiU: How quickly we forget the UGA athletic director and an offensive lineman named Clint Boling…..

ATLANTA

March 2nd, 2011
1:30 pm

welcome to UGA, the oldest and greatest institution in the nation

duiU

March 2nd, 2011
1:30 pm

And does that make what your alcoholic thug baseball player did okay???

You Techies crack me up justifying every thug on your team with a “thug” on UGA.

“but….. but……. um……. i mean…….. uh……. RED PANTIES!!!!”

GT= duiU

Dense

March 2nd, 2011
1:31 pm

UGA fans are so dense it’s comical. UGA is DEF the school to go if you want to end up either shoulder deep in a cow’s butt hole or Clarke County Jail. ANY player says he is attending UGA for their great academics and athletics cannot be serious.

JM

March 2nd, 2011
1:32 pm

good luck on making a tough decision. its going to get pretty hectic if you let it.

Ramblin Man

March 2nd, 2011
1:33 pm

I’m afraid this will be another Tuitt this kid has always liked GT but in the end he will pick another school.

Paul in RDU

March 2nd, 2011
1:36 pm

Broadcast journalism and communications at UGA? Sounds like he wants to follow in Debbie Norville’s footsteps.
Seriously – he seems like a good kid with a good future.

Truth be told

March 2nd, 2011
1:41 pm

duiU I hope you realize how stupid you look trying to make any other school look bad for alcohol related issues.
http://atlantaduinews.com/2010/09/dui-and-drug-charges-plague-uga-named-no-1-party-school.html

rduck

March 2nd, 2011
1:53 pm

Best of luck to the young man with his decision. Hopefully he will strongly consider coming to Tech and playing under coach Groh. Seems like a good kid with a good problem to have with so many offers already. Tech could certainly use D linemen in a big way to bolster the future defenses for our program. Hopefully the Tech staff can convince the young man to come and be part of the future at GT…

RxDawg

March 2nd, 2011
1:56 pm

Wow, love what I’m reading about this guy. These are exactly the type of men I want playing and attending my beloved school.

Nate the Great

March 2nd, 2011
1:59 pm

UGA has one of the best journalism schools in the nation!! Ever heard of the Peabody Award? Kinda coveted amongst jounalists, guess who gives it out…UGA!!! And whatever moron mentioned accounting at UGA as though it is not a well respected program, it is also top notch. UGA has great academics. GT does have one helluva engineering and mathematics program, but Mr. Watkins doen’t seem interested in those subjects.

RxDawg

March 2nd, 2011
1:59 pm

LMAO… So UGA has an arrest problem huh all you trolls? Oh yeh? Well read em and weap fellas:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/the_bonus/02/27/cfb.crime/index.html?eref=sihp

duiU

March 2nd, 2011
2:00 pm

Thanks your assisting me in my previous point “Truth”.

Techies will clog up any and all blogs for weeks if not months after ANY hiccup coming out of any UGA players.

But when it happens to multiple Tech athletes in a span of about a week, the only thing you can say is:

“but…. but…. um…… i mean….. uh…… well…… IT HAPPENS MORE AT UGA!!”

Sorry nerds…… your attempt at justification only deepens the obvious social stupidity bleeding from North Ave.

how about a nice (((((42-34))))) since nobody has done that in a while.

THWGT

GT= duiU

German Shepherd Dawg

March 2nd, 2011
2:02 pm

duiU,

Congrats for the dumbest comment I’ve read in a while. And that’s saying something.

duiU

March 2nd, 2011
2:06 pm

and how is it “the dumbest”, Shepherd??

I think what I say is factual and supported by the defensive stances Techies take when they get a taste of their own harassment-medicine when a puff of black smoke rises above the ghetto in ATL.

DawginLex

March 2nd, 2011
2:14 pm

saban,

how stupid are you son?

Reference the list.

It saves time and energy for you trolls.

Central florida is on the list

suwaneedawg

March 2nd, 2011
2:18 pm

BigTimeTECHFan

March 2nd, 2011
1:03 pm
Broadcast Journalism and Communications and Football combos:
UGA
USC
Texas
Miami

Lets see, if a very talented player wants to have a chance for the NFL does he go to tech or the schools you mentioned? This could explain why tech continues to get beat by big time schools in recruiting and on the field. Not to mention the high school offense they run.

Truth be told

March 2nd, 2011
2:22 pm

duiU and dawgfan are the same person so ignore his hate. He is the most fixated human being in the world on all things related to GT.

duiU

March 2nd, 2011
2:25 pm

sorry Truth.

you are wrong.

I know it amazes you, but more than one person has the same disgust for Georgia Tech that Georgia Tech has for UGA.

Take a deep breath….. soak that in…… you okay??

THWGT

Ramblin Man

March 2nd, 2011
2:28 pm

suwaneedawg,
You do realize bigtime was laying out his opinion of the best schools for football and that degree and not bashing? I would also point out that Watkins plays defense so the O would have little relevance here. GT also has a nice history of putting players in the NFL so it is stupid to imply that going to GT could not get you there. Now if GT could expand the majors offered I believe that recruiting would get a spike but that will probably never happen.

Truth be told

March 2nd, 2011
2:31 pm

Let’s see monitoring the blog due to having no life, oh and the fixation problem add in the same reply one would expect from dawgfan. ding ding ding we have a winner.

RRTDawgs

March 2nd, 2011
2:33 pm

What happened to this blog can’t we talk about recruiting a dozen offers went from the dawgs lets get back to that instead.

Brown Dog

March 2nd, 2011
2:36 pm

BigTimeTECHFan

March 2nd, 2011
1:03 pm
Broadcast Journalism and Communications and Football combos:
UGA
USC
Texas
Miami

Two additions: UNC and . . . (wait for it) . . . Alabama. Great journalism and communications programs at both places.

Does someone here know how they do in football?

RRTDawgs

March 2nd, 2011
2:37 pm

Hey Chip i hear the dawgs could be interested in Liberty Co RB Shad Thornton and also they offered Larry Jefferson to do have any info .

GTBob

March 2nd, 2011
2:41 pm

@RxDawg,

That list is only comprised of teams that were in SI’s 2010 preseason top 25. UGA wasn’t so they are not on the list. It isn’t a ranking of all college teams.

Ramblin Man

March 2nd, 2011
2:47 pm

Chip,
I know you focus more on Ga. players, but I was just wondering if you could find any information on Drew Harris out of Pa. and where he stands with GT.

Johnny Too Good

March 2nd, 2011
2:48 pm

@RxDog………… I immediately thought of this blog when i read that article this morning

http://www.youtube.com/thatsjohnanderson

Mr. Big Shot

March 2nd, 2011
2:56 pm

This Big Man is the real deal. He did work with a broken hand the last half of the season. He will be All-American within 3 years wherever he chooses to go.

beautatDawg

March 2nd, 2011
3:05 pm

Yup, GTbob (up and down) is right,but our thugs got us into football trouble and did not help us get ranked. So which is worse ?

RxDawg

March 2nd, 2011
3:09 pm

“Ever heard of the Peabody Award? Kinda coveted amongst jounalists, guess who gives it out…UGA!!!”

Is that true? If it is, wow… I never knew that.

RxDawg

March 2nd, 2011
3:13 pm

And I believe UGA was in the preseason top 25.

Destin Dawg

March 2nd, 2011
3:13 pm

Great young man…. Parade magazine says ” UGA #3 large State University education.. plus big time sports ” in beautiful college town.. Athens, Ga…. Go Dawgs !!!

RxDawg

March 2nd, 2011
3:13 pm

…. maybe not SI’s though. *shrug*

BjohnDawg

March 2nd, 2011
3:15 pm

Look…if you are interested in engineering,industrial science, or math, or computer science than tech is a top choice. If you are interested in business management, journalism, broadcasting, or agriculture, or health sciences,…UGA is a top choice. The young man has options. Good Luck with them.

Go Dawgs!