2014 Ohio Athlete Likes Buckeyes
By Michael Chung
(Editor’s Note: This is the latest contribution to the-Ozone for Michael Chung. He has provided OSU recruiting information to several websites in the past, but now will be exclusive to the-Ozone as we look to bring more football recruiting coverage in the coming months. You can follow him on Twitter @MChungOzone).
Galion, Ohio has itself a football player in young Dareian Watkins.
At 6-2, 192 pounds, Watkins has garnered attention from a number of college programs for the class of 2014. The only Big Ten schools to offer so far have been Illinois and Northwestern, but more are likely to come for the wideout/running back out of Ohio.
Will Ohio State be one of them? He is listed as an Athlete, but can play either quarterback or wide receiver at the high school level. He probably won’t play quarterback at the next level, unless he ends up somewhere like Georgia Tech.
Illinois is the leader and has offered early, but Watkins grew up rooting for Ohio State. He recently made the trip to Northwestern for the Vanderbilt game. The Wildcats made an offer for him to play QB, so if Ohio State wants in on this top Ohio prospect, they better offer soon.
Urban Meyer loves recruiting high school quarterbacks to play all over the field and Watkins is one of those guys. He recently took time to answer questions from The-Ozone.
Ozone: Has Ohio State offered?
Watkins: OSU has not offered.
Ozone: Where does Ohio State stand in your top 5?
Watkins: OSU is my childhood favorite but I do not have an offer from them so I can't really say where I would rank them.
Ozone: What is the likelihood that you commit to Ohio State if they offer you?
Watkins: Right now it's not likely that I would commit to anybody, but Illinois is a team that I like a lot because they have been there from day one and they haven't backed off for a second.
Ozone: When will you make your decision?
Watkins: I would love to make my decision before this summer. I want to be an early commitment if everything would start to unfold. I want to know where I'm going, make some goals and focus on them. I would also like to be a team player and help recruit for my team if they wanted me too.
Ozone: Who are your closes friends you have made during the recruiting process outside of your teammates?
Watkins: I would say my friends would be Zach Yousey from Harvest Prep, Thad Snodgrass, Brandon Hines from Wisconsin, and some others.
Ozone: Anyone else on your team that has an Ohio State offer? If so, who and how interested are they? If not, OSU should offer anyone on your team you think?
Watkins: Nobody on my team has an OSU offer but I have a teammate in the class of 2015 that is going to be very good. LaCario Davison is out this season with an ACL injury. Cario is 6-1, 190 can run and hit like (Troy) Polamalu. We call him Polamalu because he plays like him and looks like him. Cario is just getting started with recruiting. Ohio U liked him but his ACL injury will probably slow things down till next year.
We are a small school so it's not often that we would have kids that would be OSU material. Coach Meyer is recruiting the best in the nation, not just Ohio. The Buckeyes only take the elite and that's why Urban Meyer wins championships.
Quick Hitters with Dareian Watkins:
Favorite subject in school? Maybe English.
Do you know your major in College? I want to work with computers
Favorite food? Chipotle by a landslide
Favorite way to relax? I like to relax playing video games.
*Thank you Dareian for your time. We hope you have a great season and wish you all the best in your recruiting process.