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Northwestern, Watkins Part Ways

Story By: Jeff Alan

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  Original Published: 11/21/2013

According to the Chicago Tribune, Galion standout football player Dareian Watkins and the Northwestern Wildcats have parted ways. Last May, Watkins orally committed to play in Evanston choosing NU over Michigan State, Wisconsin, Penn State and Iowa. The Tribune says it was a mutual decision. Northwestern officials did become concerned after Galion High School suspended Watkins before the team's first round playoff game against Kenton two weeks ago. The reason for the suspension has not been made public and NU officials can not comment on players until they sign. The Tribune also reports that Watkins took a visit to Wisconsin this past weekend. That has been a no-no for any player who commits to Northwestern and usually means the loss of a scholarship offer.  According to Galion football coach Chris Hawkins, Watkins was having second thoughts, thinking NU was not a good fit for him in academics or athletics.  Hawkins also added that Watkins felt he committed too early.  When asked if the suspension played into the parting of ways, Hawkins said no, stating the problem happens more in college athletics than you think.  Hawkins could not say for sure if Watkins would consider the Badgers should they offer. Watkins was a four year letterman for the Tigers helping them to back-to-back 9-1 regular seasons and two consecutive appearances in the OHSAA football playoffs in 2012 and 2013.

   
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