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Northwestern football recruiting: Dareian Watkins commits to Wildcats

The Wildcats added to their 2014 haul with a highly-regarded and versatile athlete.


Dareian Watkins, a consensus four-star prospect in the class of 2014 from Galion High School (OH), committed to Northwestern on Monday. Watkins becomes the seventh member of the Wildcats' 2014 class and he is the highest-rated prospect of the seven. Northwestern's class is ranked among the nation's top 20 according to 247Sports.

Watkins could end up playing one of several positions at the college level. At 6'2 and 192 pounds, he possesses good speed, and he has experience playing quarterback and running the football. In addition to being a good athlete, he's also a good story:

Northwestern's success in this and other cases has some Illinois fans concerned about the ground the Illini may be losing to the Wildcats.

Watkins has scholarship offers from numerous power-conference schools, including Penn State, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Louisville, Michigan State, Georgia Tech and the aforementioned Illini.

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