Elite receiver Watkins says he’ll visit Florida


SAN ANTONIO, Texas — It looks like Florida is back in the running for one of the state’s top prospects.

During Thursday’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl practice, South Fort Myers wide receiver Sammy Watkins said that while he remains committed to Clemson, he is planning to take the rest of his official visits this month.

Florida is in line to get one of those visits, he said. His half-brother, Jaylen Watkins, is a freshman cornerback at UF.

Sammy Watkins doesn’t have dates or the other schools he’ll visit yet. Michigan and Clemson won’t get visits because he’s already been there, he said.

Sammy Watkins, whom Rivals.com ranks as the nation’s No. 3 receiver, visited Florida during the regular season for a game and listed Florida as one of his top schools over the summer. However, the Gators only fell down his list during the season.

The hiring of former Miami wide receivers coach Aubrey Hill is one of the reasons Sammy Watkins said he’s interested in checking Florida out again. He and Hill developed a good relationship while he was with the Hurricanes.

Watkins stands 6-foot-1 and weighs 180 pounds. As a senior, Watkins caught 54 passes for 1,268 yards and 14 touchdowns, according to maxpreps.com.


  1. Out of all the heavy gator leans, earlier in the year, this one was stung the most when we lost him. Newberry, Pagan, Bellamy etc. He looks bigger on film than the 6-1 180 hes listed at. Happy that he is looking.

  2. Have watched this guy for three years done here…. He put on a performance against Bradenton Southeast in the regional final that was nothing short of awesome. He should be a first priority guy. He goes up after everyball thrown to him.

  3. Attention all Wide Receivers and parents of same…the run-based “OPTION” SPREAD is dead at Florida!!! Please give us a second look! We will be throwing the ball beyond the line of scrimmage again…while you will find yourself running decoy patterns and blocking from time to time…when it is a called pass play ALL of the receivers will once again leave the line of scrimmage with the anticipation that when they brake free, the ball will be in the air coming in their direction!!!