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NW is recruiting him as a QB and he wants to play WR, so we have that going in our favor.
Since Thorson just committed to NW, will they stop going after Watkins?
The article said they're recruiting watkins for WR
Gotya, thank you.
NW was initially looking at Watkins as a dual threat QB.
NW will continue to recruit him as a WR/ATH.
Well NW certainly knows how to utilize versatile athletes in their system. That being said, we still have a much stronger overall program than them.
Given the fact that he's stated he wants to play WR in college NW landing a QB shouldn't hurt their chances of snagging him in the slot. The only thing stopping them from getting will be us.
Our biggest challenge from NW very well could be the academic aspect. A lot of kids give it lip service, but I think Watkins genuinely cares about academics.
MSU is am outstanding institution, but Northwestern is one of the top in the country, and the class of the B1G academically.
I would favor MSU regarding the combination of academics+football, but we'll have to see.
An interesting note is that Northwestern will be wrapping up a pretty spectacular lakeside facility, whole MSU is breaking ground on a great stadium expansion this spring. Certainly an exciting time for both programs.
laconophilia is everywhere...
NW is a great school but there are some programs at MSU that are very very good (for example their nuclear phsyics is actually the best and ranked higher than MIT last year).
Depends on what he's interested in. Also, as a student athlete, they have to consider the demands of the program and what they means for their bandwidth for schoolwork.
This is no longer a top 5. Wisconsin is back in this. VIP article on Badger 247. The dad is really concerned with early playing time and has basically said they're receiver core is a bunch of busters. I'll provide a very brief qoute so not to violate protocol.
"They're telling him he has a chance to make an impact as a true freshman and looking at their roster we believe them," Heath Watkins explained. "He's always liked them. A lot of bad luck happened with Coach (Bret) Bielema leaving and Coach (Zach) Azzani leaving and Coach Rudolph leaving for Pitt, and we kind of gave up on it."
Did Dareian watch our WR corps this year?
That said he's not coming in for a while, but still nobody has established themselves. Chances are that someone will by 2014, but that's true for any school. If you're good enough, you will play. End of story.
Totally agree. Dude you should have seen the other qoute. His dad basically they don't have any talent at WR
Well aint that a B.
MSU... not big time enough for some (Drake Harris) and potentially not small time enough for others (Watkins here).
Yeah drake has a 97 rating and Watkins is a 93 rating. If we find a WR with a 95 rating it's over.
Fire Dantonio!!!!!! Were winning too many games!! Hire JLS!
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From what I have heard his dad is not all about playing time, but instead he can see the time Dariean arrives on campus any WR on Wisconsin with any production will be gone. So the opportunity to see the field will be much easier at Wisconsin. But that is all the quote does not seem like a big deal he is still very high on MSU.
This is 100% correct. Dareian's dad's comments were completely misinterpreted. He basically said it was worth looking at the fact that most of the current leaders at WR will be gone as Dareian is entering school. That's what he is seeing when he looks at the roster. The coaches probably pointed this fact out to him in order to strengthen their position. I don't think dad or the coaches were insinuating anything else.
^^^ This. Playing time is one factor of many. Much to do of nothing.
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