TCPalm Super 11: No. 11 Treasure Coast QB/ATH Turk Watkins
TCPalm is announcing its annual Super 11, the list of the top recruited senior football players on the Treasure Coast. TCPalm is counting down from No. 11 to No. 1, with two players announced per week. The No. 1 player will be revealed on Sunday, July 26.
PORT ST. LUCIE —Turk Watkins is a very good football player.
There's no question about that.
The only real question, as far as his recruitment goes, is what position do colleges want the Treasure Coast athlete to play. Watkins, who has an offer from Keiser, is ranked No. 11 on the TCPalm Super 11.
"I think that remains to be seen, to tell you the truth," Treasure Coast coach Irvin Jones said. "We've had schools show interest in him at running back and as a defensive kid. We’ve had teams that are more run oriented hit us up about him at quarterback as well. I've had people ask about him at receiver. We’ll see."
Wherever the 6-foot, 180-pound Watkins has played in high school has been successful.
As a sophomore at Fort Pierce Westwood, he started at wide receiver and then moved to quarterback when the Panthers starter went down with an injury. On his first play at quarterback, Watkins threw a 43-yard, game-tying touchdown pass in the fourth quarter of Showdown 39 against rival Fort Pierce Central. He came back in overtime and threw the game-winning touchdown pass.
After transferring from Westwood's spread offense to Treasure Coast's run-heavy, single-wing scheme, Watkins was a dynamic jack-of-all-trades.
He rushed for 1,019 yards, threw for 552 yards and accounted for 21 total touchdowns. Watkins also showed a real comfort level in the Titans physical system.
"I think what makes Turk special is he can do a little bit of everything. But overall, one of the things that stands out to me is his toughness," Jones said. "He’s a tough kid. Him running the ball, him throwing the ball are great assets, but his willingness to stick his nose in and block and his toughness is what puts him over the top."
Watkins, who earned First-Team All-Area honors, also scored touchdowns as a receiver and kick returner last fall.
"I can do anything," Watkins said. "I can go to receiver, I can go to quarterback, running back, defense, whatever a school wants me at.
"I feel like I've showed colleges what I can do, but I want to get more film at receiver."
Watkins was hoping to show more of what he can do during spring practices when college coaches are a constant sideline fixture. But the spring was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, which also delayed Watkins' recruiting.
"(Treasure Coast assistant) coach (Jerrime) Bell had a lot of schools that were going to talk to me and offer me in the spring, so it was a little disappointing," Watkins said. "But it happened, so I just started working for the offseason."
Watkins wants to help the Titans win their first district championship since 2010. They came painfully close in 2019, losing by a point in overtime to rival Vero Beach.
As big an impact as Watkins had last season, Jones thinks he will be even better in 2020.
"As the season was going on he was still picking up things," Jones said. "I think he also matured as a player and understanding the system. I do think he can build on what he did last year. Just his comfort level and knowing how the system can work for him."
Treasure Coast QB/ATH
TCPalm Super 11 ranking: 11
Height, weight: 6-foot-0, 180 pounds
2019 stats/honors: 1,019 rushing yards, 552 passing yards, 21 total touchdowns, TCPalm All-Area first-team, FloridaHSFootball Class 8A all-state honorable mention
Top offer: Keiser