Broken Arrow star interested in Army

Army coaches located Jaylon Watson, an exciting multi-purpose athlete, in the lower southeastern corner of Oklahoma's McCurtain County. His city of Broken Bow has roughly over 4,000 residents. Watson spoke with ArmySports.com on where he stands with the Black Knights after a springtime offer.

"We were still in school when I was offered by Kevin Corless," Watson said. "I've stayed in good contact with them ever since. Just a couple of days ago I was talking to the safeties coach, John Loose. He was telling me more about the great traditions at West Point and asking about my upcoming football season. He said he thinks I'm a fine player. He complemented me on how physical and agile I am and how I'm a downhill player.

"At the time of the offer, I never really knew much about West Point. All of my teachers at school were coming up to me and telling me how prestigious it is. The more I learned about West Point the more I really liked and appreciated the offer. It's a golden ticket. Where I'm from, a small-town kid, not a lot of people even go to college much less the U.S. Military Academy. I haven't been yet, but I'm planning on visiting after the football season in December or January."

Broken Bow went just 1-9 in 2013 which Watson says was the worst record in the school's history. To make matters worse, the Savages lost their best player, in Watson, when he injured his rotator cuff five games into the season. He still made 61 tackles, mainly playing defensive end and outside linebacker, and rushed for close to 450 yards.

Watson has offers from South Dakota and Wyoming but has had overtures from such prominent programs as Florida State and Missouri, as well as interest from Ivy League colleges, Princeton, Harvard, and Yale.

"Academics are important to my decision and I know the academics at West Point are really good," he said. "I want to see how the team is stacked up talent-wise. A big factor for me will be campus life. It's important to be in the right environment. I'd like to stay a little close to Oklahoma but in the end that's not going to play a big factor in my decision, especially if I go out to West Point and find it's the place for me."

Watson said that the Army offer was at running back but that could be subject to change with the call from the secondary coach. He says finds South Dakota's offer intriguing. The Coyote coaches like Watson to play on both sides of the ball at running back and/or linebacker. Watson has been a varsity starter at Broken Bow since his freshman season.

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