January 14, 2007

Alex Watkins talks about Tide trip

Brownsville standout Alex Watkins surprised a few people this summer when the Tennessee native chose the Tide in June. The 6-foot-5, 230-pounder surprised even more when he stayed true to his earlier verbal during the Alabama coaching search. This weekend Watkins was at the Capstone for his official and indicated that the current staff was worth the wait.

"It was awesome getting to meet Nick Saban and Kevin Steele. I was waiting the whole time we didn't have a coach but my heart was at Alabama regardless. But I got pretty excited about Coach Saban. He came from the NFL and coached Jason Taylor who had a great year. I was very excited when he told me they wanted to use me that way at Alabama," Watkins said. "Coach Steele has a great reputation too. I know he's coached some guys who went high in the draft. I met with him and he explained what he wanted out of me and how I fit so well into his system. He said he was excited and I told him he wasn't the only one.

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