Just a few hours after landing Louisville receiver Rondale Moore, the second receiver in their 2018 class at the time, Texas lost a commitment from the other receiver, Justin Watkins. The Clermont Florida product has been on decommitment watch for a while, and no one in Austin is very surprised by this finally happening. Many have compared Watkins’ recruitment to that of Jordan Elliott’s back in 2016, that involved a decommitment from both Michigan and Baylor, before Elliott signed with Texas, and ultimately, transferred to Missouri.
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— justin watkins (@laamar_05) June 26, 2017
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Watkins was previously one of the top players in Texas’ 2018 class, so this loss, while expected, still stings for Tom Herman and the Longhorns. With this decommitment, Texas drops to 11 total commitments, and only one receiver, the aforementioned Rondale Moore. The addition of Moore should help soften the blow, as the two are very similar receivers, and if Texas lands some receivers they currently lead for, this loss will sting even less.
Watkins has offers from Florida State, LSU, Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Tennessee and UCLA. He’s already decommitted from three schools in his recruitment, LSU last February, Florida State this February, and now Texas. He plans to announce his next commitment on signing day, which is probably for the best, because as of right now, no team really sticks out as the favorite. If they press, he’ll likely pick Alabama, but if they don’t, he may pick LSU again next February.
On the field, Watkins is an interesting combination of all-purpose back, slot receiver, and H-back. He runs like a halfback, but has solid hands, and can absolutely play receiver. His technical skills at receiver will need some development, so he’ll likely spend most of his time in college at h-back, or as a change of pace back. Speed is always welcomed in college football, and whoever ultimately lands Watkins will be getting a lot of speed. His ceiling comparison is DeSean Jackson.