Maplesville, Ala.-- Nathaniel Watson, a class of 2018 prospect who stood out enough at an Auburn football camp to pick up an early scholarship offer from the Tigers, says that the Tigers are his leader.
A 6-4, 215-pound linebacker, Watson notes that he is building a good relationship with the Auburn coaching staff, particularly defensive coordinator Kevin Steele.
“Coach Steele is my favorite coach right now,” the linebacker points out. “He is easy to talk to and he has come to Maplesville recruiting me.”
On Saturday in Auburn the prospect attended a recruiting picnic and hung out with Steele, linebacker coach Travis Williams and defensive line coach Rodney Garner. He notes it was an enjoyable day and that he got plenty of attention from the coaches.
“It was great,”?he says. “I enjoyed spending time with the coaches, the staff and everything.”
A prospect who won’t turn 16 years old until Sept. 1st, Watson already has two state championship rings while playing for Maplesville High where he is a two-way standout at linebacker and wide receiver. He notes that Auburn is recruiting him to play outside linebacker or safety.
Nathaniel Watson is shown in the state 2015 state championship game won by his Maplesville High team.
Maplesville High is the same school that sent running backs Tommie Agee and Harold Morrow to Auburn. Watson is familiar with those former NFL players. Agee is his great uncle and Morrow is a cousin.
The prospect notes the Auburn coaches would like to see him keep the family tradition going on the Plains. “They want me to commit early, but I told them I am going to wait for my own decision to come around. Coach Steele told me not to take too long because before you know it, it is already going to be there.
“I decided not to commit yet because I am still processing it, but they are my No. 1 pick,” adds Watson, who also plays basketball. “It is a great environment and it is close to home.”
Watson has scholarship offers from Mississippi State, South Alabama and Bowling Green and says he is hearing from Ole Miss, Alabama and Georgia.
It won’t be long before he makes a return visit to Auburn. Watson plans to be on campus to watch a preseason practice as well as Auburn’s Sept. 3rd season opener vs. Clemson.