Nashville (Tenn.) East Nashville Magnet athlete Jashon Watkins broke out as a sophomore last season, accumulating over 1,000 all-purpose yards and 11 touchdowns. He also accounted for 40 tackles on defense.
Some schools saw the big year coming. Just a few weeks after the start of his freshman season in 2015, in-state Tennessee pulled the trigger on his first offer. Jacksonville State, Kentucky and Vanderbilt joined the Volunteers on his offer sheet ahead his sophomore season.
It’s not hard to see why Watkins has attracted early interest from major programs and had early success on the gridiron. He is 6-foot-4 and 185 pounds, lengthy and athletic, and plays all over the field for East Nashville Magnet at wide receiver, quarterback, cornerback and safety.
Now, Watkins holds offers from Cincinnati, Florida, Memphis, Oklahoma, Ole Miss and Toledo in addition to the aforementioned schools.
Clemson is among others showing interest.
“The DB coach has hit me up,” Watkins said. “A little bit of offense. They don’t know what position I’m going to play on the field, but offense and defensive coaches have been talking to me.”
Watkins has visited nearby schools such as Memphis, Tennessee and Vanderbilt recently. He wants to get to Florida as well as Clemson soon.
“A great family. That’s all I’m looking for,” Watkins said, looking ahead to the future Clemson visit. “Just a great family.”
Despite growing up in Volunteer country, Watkins and his family were fans of Alabama.
Watkins, though, has a new favorite — Clemson.
“Just the atmosphere, the family, the crowd, the coaches,” he said of what he likes about Clemson. “Everything about Clemson.”
It’s cliché, but an offer from Clemson would be a dream come true for the Tennessee standout.
“It would mean the world to me, honestly, because that’s one of my dream schools,” Watkins said. “So it would mean the world to me.”
Watkins said Florida, Oklahoma and Tennessee are recruiting him the hardest and others standing out to him right now. He could begin to narrow his recruitment during his junior season.