Jordan Watkins, who is one of Georgia’s most-heavily recruited football prospects, is really serious about his college major.
The 6-foot-6, 265-pound defensive tackle from Woodward Academy has a 3.7 GPA and wants to study Broadcast Journalism or Communications in college. Watkins started with around 30 offers, and has narrowed down to eight finalists, with his college major being an important factor: Alabama, Florida, UGA, LSU, Miami, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Stanford.
Why UGA? “Just the fact you get the combination of two big things I’m looking for. You get a great education from one of the better known journalism schools in the country, and also at the same time the chance to play great SEC football. With the combination of those two, there’s no way Georgia couldn’t make the top eight.”
There were two surprises among Watkins’ finalists — the exclusion of Georgia Tech and the inclusion of Notre Dame.
On Georgia Tech: “That was a really tough one for me, being a Georgia Tech fan for as long as I can remember. At the end of the day, with it being a difficult decision, Georgia Tech just didn’t have a journalism major. That’s what hurt them in the end. I took a visit there and learned a lot about the connections they have to CNN. But the lack of an actual major or journalism school really hurt them.”
On Notre Dame: “I’ve got a pretty good relationship with the coaches. I’d say Notre Dame was the last school to get in. It was really seven schools for me. I kept thinking about it. After talking more with the coaches, I decided to keep them in there and see if I can get an official in there somewhere. It’s the same thing about Notre Dame as Georgia — great education and, at the same time, they play some pretty good football.”
Watkins has already made unofficial visits to UGA, Alabama, Miami and Florida. He will visit both Stanford and LSU in July.
“My final decision is definitely going to be after my senior season so I can take official visits to some of those places that didn’t get unofficial visits. And give me a little more time to make sure I’m completely 100-percent sure with my decision — and my family is too, along with my [high school coaches].”
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