Texas Longhorns Land ATH Justin Watkins As Their First 2018 Commitment

Top athlete Justin Watkins has committed to Texas. The Class of 2018 product flipped from FSU.

Tom Herman and his new Texas staff finally have their first verbal pledge in the 2018 recruiting class.

The Longhorns were able to get the nation’s No. 1 athlete, Justin Watkins, to flip from Florida State and pledge to the ‘Horns at Saturday’s junior day, according to 247Sports.

“The reason I’m choosing Texas is because the way they will be using me in their offense,” Watkins said. “From slot wide receiver to running back. The H guy is very important to their offense. I want to be that guy that stands out. I feel like this will be the school that would make me stand out the most. The coaches here are great. They all take the time to actually understand their kids and care for them.”

Watkins is a four-star prospect from Vanguard High School (Ocala, FL) whom the Longhorns made a priority in this cycle, which was seemingly not the case for the Seminoles. This pledge could be the beginning of a momentum surge on the recruiting trail for Herman and Co.

Texas offered Watkins on February 20.

“I want to shut down my recruiting because I know this is the right place for me,” Watkins said. “I know it is. Their players get well taken care of. I believe coach (Tom Herman) will use me the right way.”

The 6-foot, 170-pounder is considered the fourth-best running back in the state of Florida, per Scout’s rankings. The electric athlete has big-play ability because of his good vision and cutback ability. He is also a threat as a returner on special teams.

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