The 2023 Early Signing Period is finally here! The Arizona Wildcats welcomed numerous new players to the team on Wednesday.
One such player is 3-star, in-state offensive lineman Michael Watkins.
His signing day profile can be found here. Read on below to learn a little more about one of the new additions to the Wildcat Football program.
AZ Desert Swarm: What is your favorite hobby?
Michael Watkins: “Besides athletics, I really enjoy music in general. I like listening to music and playing music on my piano. It’s definitely a thing that gets me in my zen.”
What is your favorite post-game meal?
“I definitely like a good burger from In-n-Out. That paired with some animal fries and a good drink is definitely a good way to celebrate a win.”
What is your go-to pre-game hype song?
“I’m kind of a mix between some hard rock and rap. I say the two must-haves are New National Anthem by Pierce the Veil and Don’t Like by Chief Keef. Both of those get me in the mood for sure.”
What is the fondest memory you have of your high school career?
“I think just those moments where I would do something like get All-State honors, or receive an offer, and call my coach. He would just say he’s proud of me and to keep working. I think I’ll still have that mentality going forward in my career. All those moments and conversations will just always be something that stick with me.”
What is your greatest strength on the field and what is the part of your game you’d like to work on?
“I think my greatest strength is my pulling and ability to get downfield and block. Just those designed plays where I get to hit somebody or get a good running head start to get a pancake is where I really shine. I think I’m putting a lot of emphasis on improving my conditioning and just knowing every single in-and-out of our playbook. I think those things become really important when the NFL is coming into play in a few years.”
Which 2024 class member are you closest with?
“I think besides my teammates, I’ve been pretty good friends with Stacy Bey and Brandon Phelps. They’re pretty cool.”
What are your thoughts on Arizona’s 2023 season?
“Being honest, I think we put that belt on our opponents. I loved watching us improve so much from the last few seasons. I think it’s only going to get better.”
What are you looking forward to the most about being an Arizona Wildcat?
“I think just the growth I can make there will be exponential. I think Coach BC (Brennan Carroll) has a great plan for me, and that Wildcat culture is definitely something I can thrive in. I think it’s going to be REALLY HARD work, and even better competition. I’m probably most excited for that.”