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January 20, 2014

Watkins commits to UConn

UConn hosted a number of their commitments for official visits this past weekend, along with a few uncommitted recruits. For athlete Anthony Watkins of Lawrenceville (N.J.) Prep the weekend's experience was more than enough for him to add his name to the list of 2014 commitments for the Huskies.

"The coaching staff and the facilities stood out to me," said Watkins, who mentioned that he believes that he received his offer from the Huskies on December 19th. "The coaching staff is brand new and it seemed like they've been together a much, much longer time span than a week and a half. The facilities were second to none, the indoor practice facility is ridiculous and the weight room was just unbelievable. It was everything you could ask for as an athlete."

The time on campus also allowed Watkins a better opportunity to strengthen his relationship with Coach Bob Diaco.

"He has high expectations for me and I definitely am willing to work to fulfill those duties asked of me," said Watkins.

Joining Watkins on his visit were his mother and brother.

"They absolutely loved the place," he said. "My mom looked at the academic side and she loved it. They're ranked in the top 20 in academic public schools."

Watkins actually pulled the trigger with his commitment on Sunday morning and explained why he decided to do it then.

"It was just the perfect moment for me and I knew it was what I wanted to do," said Watkins, who mentioned that he was recruited as both a wide receiver and cornerback.

At the time of his commitment yesterday, Watkins also held offers from Coastal Carolina, Elon, Stony Brook and Tennessee-Chattanooga, and was receiving serious interest from Towson, Delaware, Maine and Old Dominion.

Now with his recruiting process complete, Watkins took a quick look back at his senior season, when he finished with approximately 1,400 total yards of offense, 12 touchdowns and 47 receptions in eight games.

"My senior season finished up pretty well," said Watkins. "Our quarterback, Randall West, went out with a knee injury in the second to last game of the season. And he was a tremendous leader and contributor to our team so we ended up losing that game but won our last game and finished 5-3. I also received All-State Prep as a wide receiver, cornerback and return specialist."

Finally, Watkins was asked his current feelings on his commitment.

"It feels great," he said. "It's definitely a big relief and I'm happy that I found a place that was perfect for me."

UConnReport.com will continue to check back with Watkins as we head towards National Signing and he prepares to make his move to Storrs.

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