The latest player to tell WV Sports Now that they’ll be making an upcoming visit to Morgantown is Alabama’s Eddie Watkins.
The 3-star defensive end tells WV Sports Now that he’ll be making an official visit the next weekend (December 6-8) and also that West Virginia is in his final five teams.
Watkins (6’3″, 220) became available again after he announced at the beginning of the month that he was de-committing from Georgia Tech. Although he plans on making some upcoming visits, don’t look for Watkins to make his decision on National Letter of Intent Day in December.
“I plan on holding out and making my final decision in February,” Watkins told WV Sports Now. “I want to be able to get all my visits in and be really sure that I’m making the right choice.”
Watkins exclusively tells WV Sports Now that he’ll be making his college choice from his final five of: West Virginia, Purdue, Central Florida, Florida Atlantic and Middle Tennessee. Of those schools, Watkins only official visit has been to Purdue but West Virginia will be his second one followed by Florida Atlantic.
“I’ve been able to watch West Virginia a lot this year and the defensive scheme that they run is what I play in at high school,” said Watkins. “I would be a defensive end/outside linebacker in the defense and can cover and all that stuff. I’ve talked to their coaches (Al Pogue) a lot and they tell me that if I work hard enough and come in and learn that I can contribute right away and make some big time plays.”
“The strongest part of my game is definitely rushing the passer and getting sacks. I mainly use speed to get past the offensive lineman but once then start keying on that and cheating to the outside, I’ll use another move, my club move, to get to the inside.”
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Watkins tells me that he tries to pattern his game after Seattle Seahawk Jadeveon Clowney or the Chicago Bears Khalil Mack.
“When I get to West Virginia, I just want to see the campus and get a real good feel for the environment of the school and the football program.”
Neal Brown currently has 14 commitments for his Class of 2020 but hasn’t gotten one yet from a defensive end.