Jordan Watkins (By: Bethany Houchin)

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Fans of Butler football were looking for a new weapon on offense when Tae Tae Crumes graduated last year. The emergence of Jordan Watkins has filled that void and then some! The senior wide receiver leads the Bears in touchdowns, receiving yards and explosive plays this year. He has accounted for 21 catches, 435 yards and 5 TDs. If that wasn’t enough, Watkins has added 2 rushing TD’s and a return TD. Needless to say, he has been a force on the field and it hasn’t gone unnoticed.
​Watkins is a 3 star composite athlete on and has received many D1 offers including Louisville and Kentucky. What really put Jordan on the recruiting map was his speed. He has been clocked as low as 4.38 in the 40 at different college camps. So, as the state and the country gets to know more about Jordan, lets see what makes him tick. I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Watkins, check out what he had to say:

Q: Is there a reason behind why you chose the number 1?
A: I chose number 1 because that has always been one of my favorite numbers since I was little. I was either number 1 or number 6.
Q: What made you want to choose to commit to the University of Kentucky?
A: I committed to the University of Kentucky because I love everything about the college. The facilities are great and they also make it feel like a home away from home.
Q: What keeps you motivated?
A: I would say what keeps me motivated is my family. I come from a very dangerous part of Columbus so I always told my family I would make it, to take care of them, and that’s what keeps me motivated to keep pushing, so I can make it to the NFL.
Q: How long have you played football?
A: I have played football ever since I could really walk, but I started playing in a league at 5. I would always run around as a baby with a football. My first word that I ever said was actually “ball.”
Q: What’s the most memorable moment of your high school career?
A: My most memorable moment was probably when I got my first offer from Kentucky because I always said that I would go D1; to actually get a chance to make that happen was very very special.
Q: Who’s impacted your life the most?
A: My mom has impacted my life the most. No matter what she always makes sure me and my siblings are taken care of. She always puts herself last and that’s something that I will always cherish.
Q: What made UK stand out compared to other colleges you visited?
A: UK really felt like a family. That is probably the thing that gave Kentucky the edge over all of the other schools.
Q: What do you like to do most outside of football?
A: I don’t really do much outside of football anymore. I’m always doing something that has to do with football but if I had to pick it would just chilling and watching TV or playing the game.
Q: What makes you like Butler so much?
A: I love Butler. The last two years here have felt very special. All the staff is very caring and they make sure you are taken care of and make sure your always on the right path.

Needless to say, Jordan is a dedicated, hard-working and driven young man. All of Bear Nation will be watching him the rest of the year, and in the future, as he dons the blue and white at UK. Good luck in the future, J. Watkins and remember “Once a Bear, Always a Bear.”