Galion (OH) junior Dareian Watkins hit the recruiting radar last year, when he put up big numbers as a sophomore starter. Although he projects as a wide receiver, Watkins has the ability to play several positions.
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound, athlete currently holds double-digit offers, including Georgia Tech, Northwestern and Illinois. Watkins was at Ohio State Wednesday to watch practice and meet with the coaches.
"It was great being at Ohio State, and my dad and I had a great time," Watkins stated. "I got to meet Braxton Miller, which was cool, and after practice we got to meet with Coach (Urban) Meyer in his office. We were with him for about 20 minutes, and we had a great talk. They didn't offer me, but they said it would be coming. Coach (Tim) Hinton was in with us, and he said they're evaluating my film."
"Ohio State is recruiting me as a wide receiver, but they also see me as an athlete," he added. "Practice was great and I spent time watching the wide receivers. Not one guy stood out, but all of them were really impressive athletes. I would say the visit really moved Ohio State up in my eyes."
"Ohio State has always been high on my list, especially being from Ohio, but this visit really raised my interest a lot more," he continued. "I was here last summer for camp, but this was more of a personal visit, and it was great. I will probably come back to speak with the coaches again, and they said it's important for all of us to get to know each other better."
Watkins has already taken several unofficial visits, to Purdue, Michigan State, Indiana, Northwestern, Illinois and West Virginia. He does have a few more visits planned this year.
"I will be going to Michigan this coming week for their game, and I'm looking forward to that," he noted. "I might be going to visit Wisconsin the following week, and I will be at North Carolina State after that. We will be on vacation in three weeks in North Carolina, so we will check out North Carolina State.
"I think getting out and seeing so many different schools will definitely help make things easier when it comes to choosing a school some day," Watkins stressed. "Seeing these places in person is very important to me, and also being able to meet with the coaches personally."
As a junior, Watkins played quarterback the first four games, then played exclusively at wide receiver. For the season, he had 24 catches for over 400 yards and seven touchdowns. He rushed for over 400 yards with ten rushing touchdowns, and also threw for four scores.