Jordan Watkins trims to 8: UGA, Alabama, Florida, LSU, Miami, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Stanford

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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.”

Future TV Broadcaster Jordan Watkins (Photo by Rusty Mansell/247Sports.com)

Future TV Broadcaster Jordan Watkins (Photo by Rusty Mansell/247Sports.com)

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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116 comments Add your comment

LevonDawg

June 27th, 2011
10:36 am

go dawgs!!!!

who-me?

June 27th, 2011
10:37 am

It Ain't Rocket Science

June 27th, 2011
10:39 am

Stay close to home young man and chose UGA. If however, you decide to go elsewhere, good luck to you. You appear to have your priorities in the right order, so good luck to you, where ever you chose.

NoGaGator

June 27th, 2011
10:50 am

If UF isn’t already done with DT commits, Coach Muschamp has a great list of alums to reference for Jordan among Erin, Cris, Jesse and Jen.

Randall "Pink" Floyd

June 27th, 2011
10:51 am

There’s a boatload of high-talent DE’s from the state in this year’s class. UGA doesn’t need them all and already has 2 committed. Somebody else better jump on board before it’s too late.

GrantparkGator

June 27th, 2011
10:55 am

Easy choice UF…..3 Gators alum working on air at ESPN/ABC…besides UGA wants you at OL.

Bobo, Bobo, a pirate's life for me

June 27th, 2011
10:56 am

Looks like a great prospect!

On another note, our Offensive line is in need of big help. I really hope some of these incoming freshmen are ready to step up. I think our O-line is going to be the deciding factor as to whether or not we win the east. Defense will be good this year, but you can’t win the game if you can’t score points.

RRTDawgs

June 27th, 2011
10:59 am

It looks good for UGA i am not a Tech fan but i thought but i thought the bugs had the lead for Watkins i wonder what happen well anyway its good for us we will get a least one more DT for this class John Jenkins will be Athens for 2 years .

Paul Johnson for President

June 27th, 2011
11:02 am

But I do not understand??

I thought the only way to be successful in life was to get an engineering degree from georgia tek?? If you talk to all the tek alums and fans on these blogs, every other major from ever other school in the world will only land you a minimum wage job at a fast food joint and a doublewide trailer…….

funny how the truth hurts sometimes, isn’t it tekies??

losers.

9-1

RRTDawgs

June 27th, 2011
11:02 am

With the bad news we had yesterday this is refreshing story thanks Mr. Carvell i hope we can Jordan Watkins .

Too funny

June 27th, 2011
11:04 am

CNN? CNN? CNN? LOLOLOLOLOLOL

What “connections” does Georgia Tech have with CNN?

My bad. Georgia Tech knows CNN like neighbors after all the recent “incidents” on campus. That’s the only connection.

UGA Student

June 27th, 2011
11:13 am

Take LSU out of there, I’m Broadcast Journalism here in Athens at Grady College, and LSU has no semblance of any reputation for Broadcasting. He needs to throw Mizzou in there. Big 12, Best J-School [arguably] in the country, etc.

RRTDawgs

June 27th, 2011
11:25 am

Smart move by UGA having a sports journalism course hopefully he will stay in state ND and Bama will be tough a fight .

Les W. Moore

June 27th, 2011
11:29 am

The time between now and February 2012 is a lifetime for 17-18 year old boys. Heck, UGA might have a new head football coach.

south georgia jacket

June 27th, 2011
11:30 am

Sad thing is tech has tons of former atheletes in broadcasting..far more than UGA.

Dawginit.

June 27th, 2011
11:37 am

Wait for it, wait for it, any second now a Tech fan will be on here saying he didn’t have the grades to get in anyways. It’s their standard line when they lose a recruit.

RRTDawgs

June 27th, 2011
11:37 am

Phil Hartman former channel 2 sports anchor UGA grad David Pollack is on ESPN U now so UGA does have sports journalist .

Buzzed

June 27th, 2011
11:40 am

UGA has some legends in broadcasting:

David Pollack, the ESPN personality who got UGA slapped with an NCAA violation for “speaking” at Ray Drew’s ceremony

Francis Tarkenton, legendary infomercial personality with Tony Robbins

Eric Zeir, part time loan officer and fulltime UGA homer on radio. The “new Loran Smith.”

Kelin Johnson, had bright future until having too much fun in Athens. Still has a webcast somewhere

Chuck Dowdle, the clown who is Richt’s apologist at Bulldog Club booster meetings

Matt Stafford, the future TV broadcaster who is the most overpaid and injured NFL QB since Ryan Leaf

Who am I leaving out?

Ramblin Man

June 27th, 2011
11:42 am

Well that sucks but the writing was on the wall from the get go for GT concerning the major. Good luck to the kid and thank you again to the board of regents for routinely turning down GT when they ask to expand.

RRTDawgs

June 27th, 2011
11:43 am

My mistake it was Bill Hartman former channel 2 sports anchor and UGA grad .

tom

June 27th, 2011
11:43 am

Tech may have former athletes in broadcasting but that doesn’t mean they majored in it. Former players get in as color guys and some of them have such little skill as a broadcaster you cannot stand to watch the game they are doing. At least this kid will get some training in broadcasting.

bitter JOE T

June 27th, 2011
11:45 am

NEXT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ITS ABOUT WINNING———–COACH’S RULE NOW!!!!

rduck

June 27th, 2011
11:49 am

Unfortunately, GT had a great shot with this kid but he wants to major in something Tech can’t offer. Can’t be mad at the kid for knowing what he wants to do and going after it. Tech will continue to have these problems with recruits if they do not expand their majors into other fields. Best of luck to the kid and hope he does well…

BigTimeTECHfan

June 27th, 2011
11:49 am

GT =
John Sally Fox
John Berry ESPN/ABC
Kenny Scott ESPN
Stewart Scott of 2-live Crew
Luginbill of ESPN

rduck

June 27th, 2011
11:52 am

Daid Pollack was a heck of a player, but totally sucks as a TV commentator. I hate to even listen to him try to give insight on any subject that is not SEC related.

rduck

June 27th, 2011
11:53 am

sorry “David”

bitter JOE T

June 27th, 2011
11:53 am

@BUZZED——–STOP SMOKING CRACK——————-DAWGS RULE

rduck

June 27th, 2011
11:54 am

please don’t bring up Luginbill when mentioning Tech…. ugh!

gcs

June 27th, 2011
11:54 am

It’s good to see a smart kid who is serious about his education and has a REAL career plan that does not include being an actor or a singer.

.

gamecock

June 27th, 2011
11:59 am

Cobb Dawg

June 27th, 2011
12:04 pm

If the quality of the J-school is a factor, then this is an easy decision. Only two schools in the country that I’m aware of that have a better school than UGA, and none of them is on this kid’s short list.

Really?

June 27th, 2011
12:07 pm

Too funny = Too dumb. You don’t know anything about Tech’s programs that have STUDENTS work a quarter and go to school a quarter, heck anyone that would post something that so obvoiusly know nothing about, doesn’t really know anything about anything, do they.

RRTDawgs

June 27th, 2011
12:13 pm

I would hate say Go Cocks if you know what i mean SC is not on his list .

ha ha

June 27th, 2011
12:14 pm

The Board of Regents gave the University a engineering programs it don’t need, it’s time to give Yech a journalism program they shouldn’t have.

Delbert D.

June 27th, 2011
12:15 pm

Notre Dame or Stanford. Athens is only 2 degrees cooler during April-October than the abominable heat in Gainesville and Columbia. We learned about the abominable heat in Columbia, Gainesville and Miami on one of yesterday’s blog posts. It’s abominable, I tell ya.

Delbert D.

June 27th, 2011
12:17 pm

Well, let’s just go ahead and name one of those top 2 journalism schools so he can add it to the list: Missouri.

1eyedJack

June 27th, 2011
12:23 pm

Abominable and heat just don’t sound right. Abominable and snowman, now that sounds right.

If te young man wants a career in Broadcasting it is a no brainer, not to mention a chance at winning a NC

June 27th, 2011
12:41 pm

Gators in Broadcasting: Jesse Palmer, Erin Andrews, Jill Brown, Gary Koch, Bob Murphy, Andy North, Red Barber, Steve Melynk, Chris Collinsworth and the list goes on and on.

RRTDawgs

June 27th, 2011
12:48 pm

Erin Andrews is from Georgia also some good news Russell Wilson has committed to Wisconsin so Auburn fans thought this kid was a lock think again .

Columbus Dawg

June 27th, 2011
12:58 pm

Jordan Jenkins is the player people in these parts want to see wearing the Red and Black. I saw him play in three games for Harris County this past season, and is the real deal. My nephew plays wide receiver on the team, and says that Jenkins is keeping it close to the vest as to where he is going. He likes UGA a lot, but it seems he wants to see the outcome of Dawgs season.

RRTDawgs

June 27th, 2011
1:02 pm

This is a good story finally UGA football players going to camp Sunshine to help kids with cancer a fell good story glad see these players doing stuff in the continuity .

Paul in RDU

June 27th, 2011
1:03 pm

I thought Erin Andrews was from Florida

Paul in RDU

June 27th, 2011
1:05 pm

Good to see a kid picking a school for academics as well as athletics.
If he really wants to go to a top journalism school he should go to Northwestern.

RRTDawgs

June 27th, 2011
1:09 pm

Maybe its ether she went to UGA and is from Florida or she is from Georgia and went to Florida .

tooo funny

June 27th, 2011
1:11 pm

tech has a ton of former athletes in broadcast jobs. i dare say john salley alone is more noteworthy than any of the 5-6 dogs have on their list and their list spans all the way back to tarkington.

meanwhile gt has at least 6-8 working the booth and none have a broadcasting degree. all they are are smart and you can understand what they say.

have you listened to pollack …. talk about sounding like he has marbles in his mouth.

And of that list of uga announcers exactly which of those have a degree in broadcasting? any of them?

Vampire Bill

June 27th, 2011
1:11 pm

Let’s hope he wants to stay home, be the BMOC and enjoy the spoils for the rest of his life?

If the young man wants a career in Broadcasting it is a no brainer, not to mention a chance at winning a NC

June 27th, 2011
1:13 pm

RRT she went to UF.

RRTDawgs

June 27th, 2011
1:26 pm

Its funny to see these Tech fans wine because a player likes UGA ’s courses better than there’s Watkins just loved our journalism better than Tech get over it .

RxDawg

June 27th, 2011
1:37 pm

I remember this guy from one of Chip’s articles several months back. He sounded like the kind of young man I’d like to see attend UGA.

Charlie Hayes

June 27th, 2011
1:46 pm

Welcome Home Mr. Watkins! He said “its great to be a Georgia Bulldog!”……Oh yeah, Watkins is a Dawg baby!