Maryland offensive lineman commits to Kentucky

Naasir Watkins

Naasir Watkins


Maryland offensive tackle Naasir Watkins of Olney Good Counsel High School announced on Twitter Wednesday night that he had verbally committed to Kentucky. He’s the 16th commitment for UK in the 2017 recruiting class.

He made an official visit to Kentucky last weekend. The 6-6, 300-pound lineman is a three-star recruit who had scholarship offers from Virginia, Syracuse and PIttsburgh. He’s ranked among the nation’s top 100 offensive tackles in the 2017 recruiting class by ESPN.

He is Kentucky’s second offensive lineman in the 2017 class. Belfry’s Austin Dotson was the first lineman to commit.

One other plus for Kentucky landing Watkins is that Joshua Paschal, a four-star defensive tackle who also made an official visit to UK last weekend, is his high school teammate.

Another official visit to UK last weekend was Cincinnati four-star offensive tackle Thayer Munford. However, Ben Roberts of the Lexington Herald-Leader noted that he may now be a priority for Ohio State and he would likely favor the Buckeyes if he got a scholarship offer.

Roberts also reported that UK will host Central Florida commitment Sebastien Dolcine and Miami commitment Zalontae Hillery, both offensive linemen, this weekend.



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  1. Another Big Nasty. Beautiful. Keep em coming Coach.

  2. The really neat thing is that Stoops is now in the position that he can redshirt all the freshmen OL, just like Alabama and Ohio State, etc. That bodes well for the offense in the future.

  3. Good news. It all starts up front with the “Big Un’s.”

    1. I know recruiting for 2017 is not over yet, but UK must do better than their 33rd ranking and 11th in the SEC, per 247Sports.

      1. Randall Cobb was raked as a two star. Jacob Tamme was unranked. Ranking are something a sportswriter came up with 20 years ago and IMO mean nothing. Case in point ? UK’s current defensive tackle rated as a 4 star and can’t get on the field.

        1. Tell that to Alabama who has a bunch of 5 stars already committed and the No. 1 class. Tell that to Ohio State who is ranked No. 2. It is that way every year it seems, sort of like UK in round ball, and all the 5 star basketball players Cal recruits. It means something, that’s for sure. Of course there are real good 2 star and 3 star players, and even some who slip through the cracks unranked. I will gladly take all the 5 star players Stoops can recruit. Do they all pan out, of course not.

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