June 18, 2016
The Florida State Seminoles bolstered their 2018 recruiting class Saturday, as 4-star athlete Justin Watkins committed to the program.
Warchant.com’s Michael Langston was among the first to report the news.
Watkins, a dynamic playmaker from Citra, Florida, elaborated on his decision, per Langston.
“I’ve been thinking about it for awhile,” he said. “I love FSU, so I committed today. I chose FSU because they fit me on offense or defense. I’m very excited. It is good to be a part of the family.”
He is ranked as the No. 2 athlete in his class and the 61st player overall, per 247Sports. According to his Hudl highlights, he excels as a running back due to his quick feet and excellent vision. But he can catch the ball in the flats. He also has the ability to play in the secondary.
Watkins is dangerous on special teams. MaxPreps provided a look at his return ability:
Florida State is building a solid 2018 class, as Watkins becomes the third 4-star commit of the five-man group. SB Nation’s Bud Elliott noted that FSU’s recent success, compared to in-state rival Florida, is resonating with the 2018 commits:
Since Jimbo Fisher took over in 2010, Florida State has won at least 10 games five times, including a BCS title in 2013. The Gators, meanwhile, have won 10 or more games twice in that span.
The Seminoles have reeled in a top-five class in five of the last six years, and the team’s 2017 class currently ranks sixth overall.
Florida State already has powerful running back Jacques Patrick on the roster, and it added 4-star back Amir Rasul in the 2016 class. Zaquandre White, a 4-star back, is on board for the 2017 class, so the Seminoles will likely have a loaded backfield when Watkins arrives on campus.
He has the talent to find playing time in that group, but he could also contribute on defense.
Florida State ranked 16th nationally last season in passing yards allowed. It also saw defensive back Jalen Ramsey go No. 5 to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2016 draft. Sophomore Derwin James is a potential All-American.
The pedigree exists for Watkins to develop into an effective defensive back, and with his speed and ball skills, he could become a good one for the Seminoles.
Recruiting information is courtesy of 247Sports.com.
Statistics are courtesy of ESPN.com.
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