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.
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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