Sammy Watkins (American football)
|Clemson Tigers — No. 2|
|Major: Communication Studies|
|Date of birth:June 14, 1993|
|Place of birth: Fort Myers, Florida|
|Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)||Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)|
|High school: South Fort Myers (FL)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at ESPN.com|
Sammy Watkins (born June 14, 1993) is an American football wide receiver for the Clemson Tigers. He led the nation in reception yards per game, all-purpose yards and touchdowns for freshmen in 2011. Watkins is regarded as one of the best wide receiver prospects in his class.
High school career
Watkins attended South Fort Myers High School in Fort Myers, Florida, where he became the all-time leading receiver in the history of Lee County with 133 catches for 2,997 yards and 36 touchdowns during his career. In both his junior and senior year he was an first-team all-state selection. As a sophomore, he had 33 receptions for 537 yards and 10 scores. In his junior year, he added 46 catches for 1,192 yards and 14 touchdowns. As a senior, Watkins had eight 100-yard receiving games on the season, accumulating totals of 54 catches for 1,268 yards and 12 touchdowns. He led an undefeated South Fort Myers team into the AAA state semifinals, where they lost 44–28 to a Duke Johnson-led Miami Norland team.
Watkins was a highly touted recruit before the 2011 college football season. Regarded as a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, he was rated the third-best wide receiver prospect in the nation, behind only George Farmer and Trey Metoyer. He was ranked fifth best by Scout.com. Recruited by dozens of schools, Watkins chose Clemson over offers from Florida, Florida State, Miami (FL), Michigan, and Tennessee.
Track and field
Watkins is also a standout track athlete. He ran for the South Fort Myers High School track and field team. He finished fifth in the 100 meters and sixth in the 200 meters at the state meet as a junior. He won the AA state title in the 200 meters, with a time of 20.97 seconds, which is still his personal best time, and finished second in the 100 meters, with a time of 10.29 seconds as a senior.
Watkins also competed in the 60 meters, recording a personal best of 6.91 seconds in 2011.
- Personal bests
|60 meters||6.91||Cape Coral, Florida||February 26, 2011|
|100 meters||10.29||Charlotte, North Carolina||March 25, 2011|
|200 meters||20.97||Winter Park, Florida||April 30, 2011|
Despite not taking part in spring practice, Watkins made an immediate impact for Clemson in his freshman season in 2011. He caught 82 passes for 1219 yards and twelve touchdowns in his first collegial season, including 10 catches, 155 yards and two TDs against defending national champions Auburn. He broke 11 school freshman records seven games into the season, including total all-purpose yards previously held by C. J. Spiller. He was also an AP first-team All-American, becoming only the fourth ever true freshman to do so, joining Herschel Walker, Marshall Faulk and Adrian Peterson. He was also named a Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America .
In May 2012, Watkins was arrested by Clemson campus police for possession of marijuana. He was also found to have one pill each of Vyvanse and Adderall and charged with possession of a controlled substance. As a result, Watkins was suspended for the first two games of the 2012-2013 season.
His older brother, Jaylen Watkins, is a defensive back for the Florida Gators football team.
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