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ESPN Junior 300 prospect Justin Watkins flips from FSU to Texas

AUSTIN, Tex. -- Tom Herman kicked off his first full Texas recruiting class with a bang on Saturday with a commitment from one of the nation's top 2018 recruits, Florida athlete Justin Watkins.

Watkins, the No. 10-ranked prospect in the ESPN Junior 300, flipped his commitment from Florida State to Texas during the Longhorns' junior-day recruiting event and became their first verbal commitment for the 2018 class.

The Ocala Vanguard High standout had been committed to Florida State since June 2016. Texas is recruiting him to play the H-back position and contribute as a slot receiver, running back and returner.

"I just feel like this is the best fit for me and this is the right place," Watkins said. "I'll stand out here. I'm from Florida. I want to stand out. This is the place I'll stand out. I want to be that different player on their offense."

Watkins was one of more than 50 recruits who visited Texas' campus on Saturday during Herman's first junior day as head coach.

A total of 13 ESPN Junior 300 prospects attended, including the top two ranked recruits in Texas, safety B.J. Foster and cornerback Anthony Cook.

Texas will host another junior day on Sunday.