August 30, 2011
2014 ATH set to visit
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Ohio State is set to open its season on Saturday and some of the top underclassmen in Ohio are set to be on campus taking in the game. Class of 2014 athlete Dareian Watkins from Galion (Ohio) will be one of those prospects. The 6-foot-2, 184-pound prospect had a strong freshman season for Galion, finishing with 376 yards receiving yards on 17 receptions along with two interceptions on defense, en route to being an all-league selection.
"It was pretty exciting playing as a freshman," said Watkins. "A lot of people were surprised (about his play). It was a great feeling."
Watkins has received invites to every Ohio State game this season and plans to make a second unofficial visit to Columbus for the Penn State game later in the season. Watkins' first contact with Ohio State came over the summer as he attended one of the many camps held during the month of June.
"I talked to the coaches at the three-day overnight camp," he said. "They just asked me what grade I was in and what position and everything and they were surprised at the answers that I was giving them and they said to definitely get back to them."
So just where do the Bucks stand with Watkins at this early stage?
"They're up there as one of the top two or three (schools)," Watkins said. ""Terrelle Pryor was my favorite player in college and my whole family is Ohio State fanatics so that's why I follow them. I (also) like Oregon, Kent State, and Georgia Tech."
On Oregon - "I like their offense because that's what we run for my high school team."
On Kent State - "They have a good coaching staff and when I went there the defensive backs coach was real cool to me."
On Georgia Tech - "I'm not too sure about them yet. I want to get more knowledge on them but I want to go down there and take a look at them."
Watkins is scheduled to have a busy fall as he plans to make more than a handful of unofficial visits throughout the college football season.
"We're going to Ohio State, we're going to Bowling Green, Ohio University, Kent State, Ashland, Pitt, and Georgia Tech," he said. "I'm pretty sure the Georgia Tech visit will be for the Georgia game but I'm not sure when we're going to Pitt."
While Watkins is checking out all of these schools, he hopes to build a strong relationship with the various coaching staffs. He'll also be looking at two key factors at each program he checks out.
"The big thing will be the coaching staff," he explained. "Just how I get along with them and then the facilities and the tradition."
On the field, Watkins will be just as busy as he will be relied on to make an impact in all three phases of the game for his Galion squad.
"I'm starting at quarterback now along with safety, punt return, and kick return," he said. "I just hope to progress as a player because there's stuff I still need to work at."
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