2013 Athlete Jerlarius “EA” Watkins Names Top Five
Sanford (Fla.) Seminole High School is home to versatile athlete Jerlarius Watkins. He does a bit of everything for his team and colleges are recruiting him on the offensive side of the ball. The 5’11, 198-pound standout has 10 scholarship offers from Division 1 programs.
“I got offers from Louisville, Marshall, Memphis, FIU, FAU, Webber, Purdue, FAMU, South Alabama, Utah State and there are a couple more that I can’t think of off of the top of my head,” Watkins said.
With his senior football season just beginning, Watkins has already narrowed down his college choices. “My top five are Louisville, South Alabama, Marshall, Utah State and Purdue.”
Watkins, cousin of Clemson sophomore wide receiver Sammy Watkins, talked more about his top five.
“Louisville, everybody loves Coach (Charlie) Strong. That’s pretty much the thing I love about Louisville.
“South Alabama, I talk to their coaches a lot. We are building a relationship over there. Everything, I feel like I am family with them. I feel like I can talk to them about anything.
“Marshall, I haven’t talked to the coach in a while, but me and him have that relationship where I call him up and talk all the time. I just got a new phone, so I haven’t been able to hit any of them up as much as I used to.
“I like Purdue, their program and everything. They have a good academic program and I heard they help a lot with tutors, that’s what I like. I haven’t talked to them much since spring, but I am looking forward to talking with them soon.
“Utah State, Coach (Jovon) Bouknight, he is a great person. Me and his relationship is on point. We can clown around and then be serious at the same time. He tells me to make sure I stay on top of my grades. That’s what I expect a college coach to do, be on me about my grades. He knows I’m a great athlete, but that isn’t anything new to him. He needs to be on my grades first.”
Watkins –who can play many different positions on the field– is getting recruited at “mainly running back and slot receiver.”
Former Miami Hurricanes safety Ray-Ray Armstrong is from the same high school and he’s a player that Watkins is very familiar with. “Ray-Ray is a great athlete. He is my favorite defensive player in college football. I look up to him a lot.”