Ever since former head coach Jim Harbaugh turned around the Stanford program, the Cardinal has started to make waves nationally with their recruiting. The school made a big splash Tuesday morning, as David Shaw added another playmaker from the southeast with College Park (Ga.) lineman Jordan Watkins verbally committing over in-state school Georgia.
“I was thinking Sunday night that I know who my top school is, I know where I am going, so why wait any longer to commit," Watkins told Scout. "I decided the then that I was going to go ahead and commit to Stanford."
A monster presence in the middle at 6-foot-4, 270-pounds, Watkins also held offers from Alabama, Auburn, LSU, and plenty of other top programs around the country. The four-star prospect is ranked 80th overall in the class of 2012 but found the combination of academics and athletics in Palo Alto to be the best choice for him.
“I am very happy to be finished with the recruiting process," he said. "I visited out there back in July and I loved it. They have great academics, but they have more than that. I like where the football program is going and when I was out there, it just felt right. It was an automatic fit for me."
Watkins finished up his junior season with 61 tackles and five sacks while playing on both sides of the ball. Listed as the sixth-best interior lineman in the country by Maxpreps, the Cardinal is getting a good one from the South.
"He gets off the ball quickly, shows good pass rush moves, and a relentless style of play," analyst Tom Lemming said. "He has proven to be an exceptional short area run defender at the point of attack, he consistently beats blockers, and shows decent strength and a low base, which allows him to hold his ground."
Stanford now has 13 commitments for the class of 2012 from nine different states.