ESPN West Palm's "coach", Chris Kokell, gives a comprehesive film breakdown of high school football prospects across Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.
School: John Carroll (Class of 2015)
Top Offer: Tennessee-Martin
Note: Has invite to Western Kentucky summer camp. Has interest from Yale, Princeton, Florida State and others.
Where He Excels:
First thing to jump off the tape at me was Jordan Watkins' pocket presence. Jordan moves very well in the pocket and has a good idea of his surroundings. He knows when he can step up and throw and when it’s time to take off with his legs. Above average running ability and athleticism makes him a tough matchup for opposing defenses. If the pass rushers get too far up field, he’s gone. Good mechanics from the left side. Reads a defense well and seems to get good pre-snap reads. Watkins can make all of the necessary throws. He throws a great ball on the run both to and from his throwing shoulder. Nice touch on throws makes it very easy for his wide receivers to make plays.
What To Work On:
While Watkins can make most throws, his deep ball sails a little bit when he is putting touch on it. At the next level, he will face bigger, faster and stronger defensive backs that will have the ability to make plays on those deep balls. I don't think it's a matter of arm strength, just a small issue on the trajectory of these passes. Some technique work can clean that up in the offseason. Jordan should also go to camps over the summer and compete with the premiere athletes in 7A and 8A to show that he is not a product of playing against smaller school competition.
Kokell's Film Analysis:
I’m not sure what level Jordan Watkins projects to at the college level but if I was a high level FCS or a mid-major FBS school I wouldn’t hesitate to offer. The kid is a gamer. Absolutely love the tough-minded spirit in which he plays the game. There is nothing better for a coach than having a true football player at the quarterback position. Watkins is the type of player with the competitive spirit that teammates will feed off of and raise their own level of play. In this "Year of the Quarterback" in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast, Lamar Jackson and Daniel Parr may get the RG3 and Andrew Luck attention, but watch out for Jordan Watkins to be the Russell Wilson of the group.
Chris Kokell covers high school football for ESPN 106.3 and is the color analyst for "Football Night in South Florida". He has served as head coach at both Pope John Paul II and Forest Hill. To recommend an athlete for Kokell to feature in a future "Film Room", please send player info and a film link to him on Twitter at @REALCOACHK, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.