LSU bolstered its already-impressive recruiting class for 2018 this past weekend, but the group suffered a major casualty on Tuesday morning.
The nation’s No. 2 athlete, Justin Watkins, de-committed from LSU, according to 247Sports’ Ryan Bartow.
Watkins, a 6-foot, 165-pound product of North Marion High School (Citra, Fla.), made his pledge to the Tigers last spring.
Since then, his recruitment has taken off, leading Watkins to consider all of his new options.
“I want to open up all my options,” Watkins told Bartow. “My mom is an LSU fan and I grew up liking them. I felt I made an early decision the day I got that offer and want to visit other places and see how everything is there, too.”
Watkins was the first prospect to commit to LSU’s 2018 recruiting class, which is now at four members following his de-commitment.
The four-star prospect attended Florida’s Junior Day on Jan. 30 and reported 13 total offers, including ones from SEC powers Tennessee, UGA and South Carolina.
It does not appear that Watkins has completely closed the door on LSU; nor is time a real issue.
Watkins is expected to visit Auburn and Florida State in the coming weeks, per Bartow, and is also generating a lot of interest from Clemson.
The No. 4 prospect out of Florida in the Class of 2018 is a major loss for LSU … for now, but there is certainly time for the Tigers to make up ground on the versatile athlete.