Watkins protects the blindside

Watkins protects the blindside

Butte College has been a haven for some players from north of the border and one that didn't quite know the importance of the position he was playing was OT Danny Watkins (6-5, 290). After a solid freshman season, the big man who hails from north of the border has started to hear from several four-year programs. JCFootball.com caught up with him and he updated us on things…

"I had never played football before I came down here to play," Watkins told JCFootball.com recently. "After I graduated from high school, I started working as a fire fighter, but I had always wanted to play football so I started looking into things and I knew a couple of guys who had come down here to play so I headed down as well."

When he arrived for fall practice, Watkins was thrust into one of the most important positions on the field.

"They threw me in at left tackle," Watkins said with a laugh. "It's funny because it wasn't until something like the third or fourth game before I realized what they meant by the ‘blind side' and how important it was.

"After I figured that out, I took my position more seriously and said I had better know what I'm doing out here."

Helping Watkins out were his coaches as well was his teammates.

"They were all really cool to me and showed me what I needed to do," Watkins said. "It all just fell together for me and I ended up starting every game there as a freshman."

Watkins has excellent strength, posting a 370 pound max on the bench while also squatting 480 pounds. He's also athletic enough to post a 5-flat forty time, something that he takes pride in.

"I feel like I can pull and I have quick enough feet to mirror pass-rushers," Watkins said. "All I really need to work on his my technique and that's because I just haven't played very much football."

On the recruiting front, Watkins and fellow British Columbia native and current Road Runner DT Carlos Guglielmi visited the California coaches and got to check out the Golden Bears' facilities.

"They were pretty impressive," Watkins said. "The stadium is huge and it's right up there in the hills. It's all pretty cool up there."

Besides Cal, Watkins noted he's also hearing from schools like South Florida, Nevada, Toledo and Kansas.

Watkins is on pace to graduate with his AA degree in December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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