(WHARTON, N.J.) – Carlos Watkins of Chase High School, Forest City, NC, has been selected to play in the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, joining an elite group of All-Americans. Those selected will play in the game on Saturday, January 7, 2012, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The annual East vs. West match-up will be televised live on NBC at 1:00 p.m. EST and will be presented by American Family Insurance. The game will feature the nation’s top 90 high school football players.
“Carlos is a talented athlete whose leadership and teamwork qualities have made him a standout at Chase High School,” said John Myers, Director of Strategic Communications, Marketing and Outreach, U.S. Army Accessions Command. “Only the strongest wear the Army colors, and possesses similar mental, emotional and physical strengths to Army Strong Soldiers. We are proud to honor all of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl players and congratulate each of them on their selection.”
The 6-foot-4, 280-pounder bolsters an impressive roster for the U.S. Army All-American contest. He is currently rated as the #11 defensive tackle in the country by Scout.com, making him a four-star prospect.
Watkins is committed to play his college ball for Clemson.
Scout Eval: With his size and athleticism Watkins is an ideal candidate to play defensive tackle or possibly even a strong side defensive end in a 3-4 alignment. It's not surprising that Watkins doesn't have a lot of refined pass rush moves considering his tendency to bounce all around the field during a game, but what he does show is exceptional upper body strength. He uses his hands well to control and dismiss the defender in front of him.
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(From left to right) Staff Sergeant Holmes, Staff Sergeant Michael Tyo, Carlos Watkins, Lieutenant Chris Bell