Four-star football recruit Dareian Watkins has narrowed his potential colleges of enrollment down to five. Watkins has listed Michigan State as one of his final five, and some have suggested that MSU is the front-runner to get the dual-threat quarterback.
Watkins will be a senior this season, so he’s part of the 2014 recruiting class, but head coach Mark Dantonio has made him a priority by making him an offer already. Dantonio would love to have him running the Spartans’ offense, but it likely won’t happen.
Why will Watkins go elsewhere? Simple: Damion Terry.
Terry is an incoming freshman for the Spartans and, like Watkins, is a highly-recruited dual-threat quarterback. With Terry in East Lansing, Watkins will be fighting for playing time and may not get it.
Sure, Watkins has 4.4 speed and could make a possible transition to wide receiver, but quarterbacks want to play quarterback if possible (ask Collin Klein). If Watkins can go to Northwestern and play QB, which he can, he’s more likely to do that than come to Michigan State and switch positions.
Northwestern is also in Watkins’ top five, and I believe that is where he will go. With Kain Colter leaving the Wildcats after this season, Northwestern will be looking for its next speedy QB, and Watkins fits that description.
Both Dantonio and Pat Fitzgerald want Watkins, that’s certain. It’s now up to the two coaches to duke it out over this talented youngster.
Wherever he signs, Watkins will make an impact playing on Saturdays.
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