And then there were three.
Jordan Watkins, one of the state’s top college football prospects at defensive tackle, started off the recruiting process with 35 schools. The Woodward Academy football product narrowed it all the way down to three on Wednesday.
Which schools are the finalists? It’s UGA, Florida and Stanford.
Scratched off the shortlist are Miami, Alabama, LSU, Notre Dame and Oklahoma.
“It’s those three because they are all great schools athletically and academically,” Watkins told the AJC. “That helped them stand out among the top eight. Of course, with some of the other schools dealing with NCAA allegations (Miami), that made it a little easier to get to three.”
UGA fans have been vocal about feeling pretty confident about their chances of landing Watkins. What does Watkins think about that? “They should feel like that because they are in my top three. I started out with 35 schools and now I’m at three, so that’s something definitely for them to be happy about. But it’s really going to be a tough decision between these three because they are all great schools.”
The 6-foot-5, 268-pound Watkins said he plans to take official visits to all three schools within the next three months, but he will wait until after his senior season to announce his college decision. “I’m focused on my high school team now and trying to win a state championship,” Watkins said. “I won’t have time to think about and decide on a college until the season is over.”
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