Niejia Watkins attended Lake Howell High School in Orlando, Fla., where she earned Defensive MVP honors three times (2014, 2015, 2017). Watkins earned first-team all-conference accolades in her final season after claiming second-team all-conference honors in 2015. She also captured the Sportsmanship Award in 2016. An honor roll student, Watkins also competed for the track and field team at Lake Howell.
Watkins played club soccer for Florida Kraze Krush under Coach Hue Menzies, where she earned Most Improved Player. The team finished second at the State Cup in 2015 and took third in 2016.
Niejia is the daughter of Bianca Menezes, Shawn Watkins and Chris Lee, and was born on Dec. 19, 1998. She has one sister, Taylor Lee, and one brother, Luke Lee. Niejia is majoring in textiles, merchandising and fashion design.
Watkins on Nebraska
“It has what most schools do not offer: a family environment. The support that the town gives to the students is unbelievable, and I cannot wait to be a part of it. Also, the soccer program and coaches will allow me to get better at something that I love to do.”