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/

Future TV Broadcaster Jordan Watkins (Photo by Rusty Mansell/

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].”


– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog Got a recruiting item?


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June 27th, 2011
11:48 pm


Jacket Backer

June 28th, 2011
12:18 am

This kid ever heard of John Salley, Jon Barry, Nomar Garciappara, Ryan Stewart, Brian Oliver, Dorsey Levens, etc….. I think they have pretty good careers in journalism and TV?????

Asleep at the wheel

June 28th, 2011
12:32 am

Too bad that Saban will nab this guy in the eleventh hour. Buh Bye Mark Richt!

Red Rooster

June 28th, 2011
12:35 am

Gamecocks Rule SEC baseball AND SEC East football.


June 28th, 2011
2:11 am

Sure, UF has 3 alums broadcasting at major sports networks. But that doesn’t mean anything for Jordan. You know the people who own said networks? People who went to Stanford. If Jordan doesn’t pick UGA and stay in-state, he most certainly should choose Stanford. Not a tough decision for someone who has aspirations beyond football.

It Ain't Rocket Science

June 28th, 2011
7:39 am

Red Rooster,

You might want to try and stay on subject here. I realize they do not teach you a lot in S.C. and therefore your attention span is pretty low , but I believe the subject is about a young man from Georgia and his choices he is trying to sort through. I know it must be hard for you to comprehend but S.C. is not one of his final choices.

GA Sandlapper

June 28th, 2011
7:51 am

Go Gamecocks! Even though he has not said it, Watkins is going to Clemson, along with Chuck Norris!

Destin Dawg

June 28th, 2011
8:48 am

Parade magazine says ” UGA #2 large state university education, plus big time sports ” in beautiful college town Athens, Ga… kids that stay in State.. close to support groups.. friends & family.. do better in school and life after FB… wouldn’t like N.D.

It Ain't Rocket Science

June 28th, 2011
8:52 am


You know what is great about being a UGA supporter and Fan? The fact that you are not one and therefore the intelligence level at UGA is much higher. I think I already know the answer, but exactly what school do you support? I will send them condolences once you confirm it.

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June 29th, 2011
3:01 pm

Florida has a better Telecommunication school and an overall better education. With that said the Gators have been whipping up on the Bull Dogs for the last decade and a half so why not join the fun and become a Gator!


July 4th, 2011
4:42 pm

JUST DONT GO TO UGA KID! You will be pushed into a “family and consumer sciences major” (home economics) by the coaching staff / academic advisors. They dont care what sort of an education you get, they just want you to play ball. 68% of the players on the 2007 and 2008 rosters were in that major.

[...] If you thought you saw one of the state’s top college football prospects participating in the Peachtree Road Race, you saw correctly. Jordan Watkins. a 6-foot-6, 265-pound defensive tackle from Woodward Academy, used a combination of running and walking to finish the course in an hour and 20 minutes. “I’ve been doing it for a while; My parents have been doing it for 17 years,” Watkins told the AJC. He said he heard “Go Dawgs” at least a dozen times during the event. UGA is one of his 8 finalists (click on story link) [...]


July 5th, 2011
6:16 pm


July 6th, 2011
9:27 pm

Saban could care less about what you want to study in school……run away.


August 9th, 2011
2:33 pm

Who in their right mind would not chose Stanford? I’m a techie but this is Leland Stanford Jr. University we’re talking about here. UGA absolutely nothing compared to Stanford. What are the odds he’ll go pro? Would you hire a Stanford Grad or a UGA grad? Case solved.