Texas landed their first recruit of the 2018 class yesterday as Florida athlete Justin Watkins flipped his commitment. Watkins originally committed to Florida State last June, but flipped following his visit to Austin for the Texas junior day.
Coach Tom Herman made Watkins, a highly-touted 4-star athlete, a priority after his arrival in Austin. Watkins was offered a scholarship just over a month ago, and Texas obviously impressed him as he decided to shut down his recruitment yesterday.
— justin watkins (@laamar_05) February 25, 2017
THE WATKINS FILE
|Name||Hometown||Position||Position Ranking||Star Rating|
|Justin Watkins||Ocala, FL||ATH (Slot/HB)||1||⭐⭐⭐⭐|
Watkins is the top athlete in the 2018 class and he chose Texas over offers from LSU, Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, and Florida, as well as more than 15 other schools. His addition is a big one, as he gives Texas a big block to build around for this class, and puts them at 40th in the 247Sports class rankings.
The 5-foot-11, 172 pound Sunshine State stand out could be featured all over the field on offense once he dons the burnt orange two years from now. Something that was clearly a selling point as he mentions it in his commitment announcement tweet. Expect to see the speedster run the ball as much as he catches it, similarly to how Tom Herman used Curtis Samuel at Ohio State. Simply put, in stereotypical spread offense terms, he’ll play the “Percy Harvin Position”.
Watkins will need to add some muscle, but when you watch his highlights it’s easy to see what noted genius Tom Herman sees in him. He’s an excellent runner, and makes defenders look silly with his shiftiness.
Speaking of Tom Herman, he couldn’t help but poke some fun at Florida State, as he threw a not-so-subtle spear towards Tallahassee with this tweet, following Watkins’ commitment.
— Coach Tom Herman (@CoachTomHerman) February 25, 2017
Florida kids are notorious for not always sticking to their out-of-state commitments, but I completely expect this one to stick, and that’s very good news for Tom Herman, Stan Drayton, Tim Beck, and the whole Texas offensive staff.