Panthers’ Jay Watkins signs with Mars Hill University

Mars Hill University finished 3-7 this past season.

Not to fear. Help is on its way for the Lions of North Carolina. It comes in the form of Perry High’s Jay Watkins – not to mention the other 32 signees listed on the school’s website. Watkins – with support from his mother, Shameka Lane, father, Patrick Watkins, along with other well-wishers – signed his Letter of Intent March 22 at Perry.

The 5-foot1, 185-pound senior played running back and wide receiver for the Panthers. He was part of their system from 2014.

As a rusher, he scored 10 touchdowns while compiling 538 yards on 96 carries. He also had 14 receptions for 172 yards and five touchdowns, and even got a chance to throw the ball some. In that capacity, he completed 21 of 40 passes for 291 yard and four touchdowns (with an interception thrown into the mix).

All told he had 1,001 all-purpose yards while being named to the All-Region 2-AAAA First Team – just from his running position. He was also named to the Second Team his junior year. This past season he was also selected to play in the Georgia Athletic Coach’s Association’s annual North versus South All-Star game.

Watkins was also a three-sport athlete for Perry. He was a member of the track team and the basketball team.

That success was also carried over in the classroom – or vice versa – as he kept his grade point average above 3.0.