April 27, 2006

Vols offer another in-state prospect

With Tennessee sending out as many early offers to rising in-state juniors as the Vols did back in the winter, it was apparent that this year's crop of in-state talent would be substantial, at least for what this state is accustomed to. Now that college coaches have been able to hit the road for spring evaluations, the talent in the state is looking even deeper, and a few more in-state players, like Brownsville's Alex Watkins, are holding Tennessee offers.

Watkins (6-foot-5, 225 pounds, 4.65 40-yard dash), who plays at Haywood High School was already popping up on plenty of team's radar across the south, but a firsthand look from the Tennessee coaching staff this week was all it took for him to be a confirmed target for the Vols on the recruiting trail.

In addition to the Vols, Ole Miss, Alabama, Mississippi State, Memphis, Clemson and Texas Tech have all extended offers, but no one is standing out at the moment.

Watkins is a two-way standout at the high school level playing tight end and defensive end, but all college coaches see his future on the defensive side of the football as a pass rusher with edge-turning speed.

He had 90 tackles and 15.5 sacks as a junior, and is a two-time first-team all-region selection.

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