Jordan Watkins: UGA vs. Stanford … Florida is out (UPDATED)

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Jordan Watkins, one of Georgia’s top college football prospects at defensive tackle, got a surprise when he talked to Florida’s coaches on Tuesday night.

The 6-foot-5, 268-pound from Woodward Academy had listed the Gators as one of his finalists, along with UGA and Stanford. Now he is down to two.

“I talked with one of the Florida coaches, and he basically said they had filled up the spots on the defensive line,” Watkins told the AJC. “He said he would talk to [Florida head coach Will Muschamp] and see if he could do anything about it.

“I was a little shocked to hear that but at the same time it will make my decision a little easier. Like I’ve said before, all three of my final schools are great schools, so this will help me out.”

UPDATE: By late Tuesday night, Watkins decided to move forward without hearing back from Florida. He said it’s now UGA vs. Stanford for his services.

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

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

Watkins and St. Pius DB Geno Smith (committed to Alabama) may be Georgia’s most heavily-recruited prospects for 2012, with both starting out with around 35-40 early scholarship offers. Watkins has a 3.7 GPA and plans to major in Broadcast Journalism or Communications.

What’s the latest with Stanford? Watkins has requested an application for admission, which is a lengthy process. What about UGA? Watkins has been keeping in touch with UGA recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner.

UGA is considered the school to beat for Watkins, who said he plans to take his official visits before making his college decision within the next few months.

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Chris

August 23rd, 2011
9:09 pm

RRTDawgs

August 23rd, 2011
9:17 pm

Watkins and Atkins would be sweat Go Dawgs !

JS

August 23rd, 2011
9:19 pm

UF is reloading…again.

Bama Stan

August 23rd, 2011
9:22 pm

Jordan, run away from Mark Richt. He recruited NFL #1 and Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton as a TIGHT END! Everyone who had a football brain recruited Cam as a QB. No, Mark Richt saw a TE. What a joke! Richt will probably play you at kicker

TampaGator

August 23rd, 2011
9:28 pm

The guys that will do the filling are…….

1. Jonathan Bullard
2. Carlos Watkins

both out of North Carolina and two the best defensive lineman in the country…….and Muschamp is in with at least 3 more top DL.

Muschamp and company are tearing it up on the recruiting trail…….the right way……both in Florida and on a national basis.

Tdawg

August 23rd, 2011
9:38 pm

Jordan you want to make Muschamp regreat that decision. Come to Georgia and give him night mares everytime he plays Georgia. If you decide on Stanford I would understand. I mean it is actually out of state. Not just across the road like the lame excuses a lot of kids are giving for not staying home.

ZTA CC

August 23rd, 2011
9:40 pm

Jordan you are so fine! Love you doll

RRTDawgs

August 23rd, 2011
9:40 pm

@TampaGator Watkins vs Watkins that would interesting .

Worm

August 23rd, 2011
9:43 pm

@TampaGator,Muschamp won’t survive this season!

Congrats on the 3.7

August 23rd, 2011
9:43 pm

No way he’ll go to uga with a gpa of 3.7

RRTDawgs

August 23rd, 2011
9:45 pm

Haters can’t stand a smart kid going to UGA i love it .

GrantParkGator

August 23rd, 2011
9:54 pm

Tampa I’m not sure if Muschamp should turn away a kid with JW talent. We’re still over 150+ days to NSD. Anything can happen with “silent” commits.

RRTDawgs

August 23rd, 2011
9:57 pm

I guess Cynthia Tucker probably helped she teaches at UGA now .

tenn.DAWG

August 23rd, 2011
10:07 pm

I think UGA should take it slow and make sure they give the scholly to a player who really wants and deserves it.

TampaGator

August 23rd, 2011
10:13 pm

Worm…….

You keep on believing that……Muschamp and staff are doing an outstanding job at Florida in all areas of organization, player development, and recruiting. Florida is a very talented football team….and will continue to be under Muschamp for years to come.

Tossed Salad

August 23rd, 2011
10:18 pm

Maybe, but Muschamp’s a deuche and there’s nothing Gator nation can do about that.

Ramblin Man

August 23rd, 2011
10:21 pm

Hope UGA lands this kid as he can’t go wrong with a journalism degree there. Sucks that GT does not have one as he would have probably headed to the flats. Good luck

RRTDawgs

August 23rd, 2011
10:24 pm

If Jim Harbough was still at Stanford UGA would not have a chance but i am glad Richt stayed with Watkins he is a type of player we need .

Dawg Fan

August 23rd, 2011
10:28 pm

I hope to see Jordan Watkins wearing the red & black next year between the hedges.

dawgster

August 23rd, 2011
11:11 pm

I wished the bashing of other coaches would just stop….Every time someone bashes another team’s coach it comes right back at you….Comments above that bash Muschamp and say he won’t be around are just laughable…How does anyone know that at this junction on what kind of Coach he will be leading a program….Same goes for those that continue to bash Coach Richt on anything he does or doesn’t do…He is our Coach and I for one hope he remains, but I’m sure this season will go along ways in determining that…One thing I do know is the dawgz will do just fine in recruiting so I’m not too worried at this point…Its a long ways from NSD, so lets hope we keep the commits we have and bring in a few surprises that may be committed elsewhere right now….go dawgs

dawgster

August 23rd, 2011
11:14 pm

My comments are basically to the so called ‘Worm” and “Bama Stan” that feel like it is their job to initiate the bashing comments…Lot of class guys, lot of class….Real easy to do sitting behind your computer..

nash

August 23rd, 2011
11:36 pm

well since fl is full on the d line that means that Jenkins and, Tomlinson are both off the gators radar.

RomeDawg

August 24th, 2011
6:23 am

I would hope this means he is a UGA “lock”.

how2fish

August 24th, 2011
7:14 am

Great article, I think the Gator coaches did the right thing in being honest with the young man and not stringing him along. Kudo’s! That being said I hope he comes to UGA we can always use a bright young man with a 3.7 GPA…and is 6′.5″ and 268lb in high school.

Beast from the East

August 24th, 2011
7:29 am

Best of luck in getting this young man, Dawgs.

Bama Stan Hater

August 24th, 2011
7:36 am

Bama Stan, Cam would have made a great tight end, and I believe UGA had the future #1 NFL draft choice playing at qb at the time. People here are beginning to see through you, you are scared because the Dogs are back and you can’t stand it.

Sissy Dawg

August 24th, 2011
7:38 am

What a contrast, !dumbville verses smartville.

hiveredtech

August 24th, 2011
8:00 am

UGA or Stanford.

We will find out soon how important academics are to Watkins.

You can go to the NFL whether you play at Stanford, Georgia, or Florida International…where if you are part of that lucky 2% of college players you will play an average of 3.2 years.

However, a Stanford degree sets you up financially for life…40 years of work at six-figure incomes.

Looks like an easy decision to me…I know where I would tell my son to go.

NoGaGator

August 24th, 2011
8:13 am

Watkins seems like a great kid. Sorry he can’t be a Gator but at least UF’s coaches were up-front with him.

Recruiting sure has drastically changed in just the last year. Up until this year, the only team that was close to their commitment number was UTx. Now all the leaders have around 17 committed when, at the same time last year, it’d be 8-10.

Amazing how this all happened across the country in just 1 year.

bawbie

August 24th, 2011
8:14 am

Fire Garner!

bawbie

August 24th, 2011
8:18 am

Fire Cynthia Tucker!

AnnapolisDawg

August 24th, 2011
8:28 am

@hiveredtech: Do you know where UGA’s Journalism program is ranked? Look it up my friend and then come back and post more idiotic comments.

Paul N Destin

August 24th, 2011
8:31 am

The Gators will not be down long. UGA…..they need a coach.

DawginLex

August 24th, 2011
8:41 am

Bama Stan needs to inflate his blow up doll and go on a date
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or get a dog

RedandBlackDAWG

August 24th, 2011
8:42 am

I hope the young man goes to UGA as he seems of fine character and has his priorities straight. I applaud UF for being honest with the kid, something CMR has always been with recruits at UGA. Now, if we can just get the rest of the league coaches to do the same thing, the SEC will be a lot better off.
Good luck to you, young man, no matter where you end up.

GO DAWGS and GATA

gt4ever

August 24th, 2011
8:44 am

Well if he cares anything about the academics, it will be Stanford…. UGA is NO Stanford….

One Striking Rattler

August 24th, 2011
8:45 am

It would be wonderful to have him play where friends and neighbors could see him, but Stanford is probably a better lifetime fit for him. Why aren’t the Ivies on his list of finalists? I am a bit disappointed that he is not considering one or two of those universities.

Jordan, you have the rare opportunity to go wherever you want to go. Take football out of the equation and choose your college based on what is good for Jordan the person, not Jordan the football player.

collegeballfan

August 24th, 2011
8:45 am

If he wants to major in Broadcast Journalism or Communications UGA would be hard to beat.

But a degree from Stanford beats a degree from UGA 10 to 1.

Will he make a football decision or an academic decision? A decision based on a short term view or a decision based on a long term view?

I wish him the best.

toad

August 24th, 2011
8:50 am

UGA’s Dream team I I class ranked # 31. Now thats comical……. MNC here we come!

tide roll

August 24th, 2011
8:52 am

This kid and John Atkins are tremendous offensive line prospects. Both bring a defensive mentality and ATHLETICISM to your offensive line which is sorely lacking with the group Richt/Bobo insist on bringing in. Atkins is similar to Guy McIntyre, who was moved to OG when he arrived at Georgia and went on to star in the NFL.

bucket

August 24th, 2011
8:54 am

Thanks dawgster! Your comments are right on target. It’s sickening that real football fans can’t come to a neutral recruiting blog and have an intelligent conversation regarding recruits and the schools that are recruiting them. UGA runs a prostyle offense and that means a qb that runs first is not going to be the prototypical qb for that system. Cam Newton had a great year last year running the spread, but the jury is still out on whether he can be a productive NFL qb. Ask Tim Tebow how hard that is right about now.

tide roll

August 24th, 2011
8:58 am

Too bad the Richt/Bobo braintrust passed on in-state offensive line prospects like Jason Peacock, Starting OT-Arkansas, Chance Warmack,statring Offensive Guard-Alabama, A.J.Hawkins, starting Center-Ole Miss., and JuWuan James, starting Offensive tackle,-Tennessee. All underclassman and just by signing just TWO of the four would have solved your offensive line depth problems. Unbelievable!

BigTimeTechFan

August 24th, 2011
9:06 am

Jordan, just replace Florida with Georgia Tech then drop Stanford and UGA. Sounds like a good plan.

gt4ever

August 24th, 2011
9:08 am

Come on Tide roll, they can’t sign everybody…. and if your arguing recruiting classes, well you will be on the losing end of that argument….

BigTimeTechFan

August 24th, 2011
9:15 am

Five Georgia senior players were selected Tuesday to play in the first Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, to be played Jan. 3 in Phoenix. They are DE James DeLoach of Jenkins County (committed to Georgia), Stephenson DE Jorantay Jones (Virginia Tech), Woodward Academy DE Jordan Watkins (undeclared), Sandy Creek WR Jaquay Williams (Auburn) and North Oconee G Joe Scelfo (undeclared).

bucket

August 24th, 2011
9:18 am

Cool 411 BigTimeTechFan! Thanks for posting.

K Conley

August 24th, 2011
9:19 am

@ tide roll, you just compared a high school kid to Guy McIntyre. (One of the greatest offensive linemen to ever play the position), You often exaggerate your points to try and shed a negative light upon the UGA staff, but this statement shows your true ignorance. You have zero knowledge of the true talents of any of these prospects. You know it and I know it. All you see is black and white and everyone who posts on this site regularly knows it. I don’t see a college kid playing today that could be compared favorably to McIntyre, (much less a prep kid) You sir continue to amuse me with your ignorance. Keep the comments coming. I need my good laugh each day. Go Dawgs!!!

slydog

August 24th, 2011
9:27 am

For all people who bash UGA academics: What is the average GPA and SAT/ACT score of entering freshmen at UGA? Once you google the amswer then SHUT UP!!! Don’t bother with the comparisons of other schools either because it’s irrelevant.

Bob Loblaw

August 24th, 2011
9:41 am

Both are very good schools. Good luck Jordan.

Go Dawgs!

JB

August 24th, 2011
9:46 am

Florida lost 5 games last year and Bama lost 3 and listening to their fans you would think they NEVER lose a game. Bama nor Florida have a bonafide experienced ( fla has a new offense) starting QB. That should give them both pause.