NATHANIEL WATSON (PHOTO BY JASON CALDWELL)

2018 LB Nathaniel Watson Wins Title, Talks Auburn Tigers

2018 Maplesville linebacker/athlete Nathaniel Watson recently helped the Red Devils to the 1A state football title over Pickens County. He talks about that win, why Auburn is his leader, and more.

Auburn, Ala.--One of the top players in Alabama for the 2018 football class, 6-4, 215 Nathaniel Watson had a big game at Jordan-Hare Stadium recently as Maplesville blasted Pickens County 40-12 to take their third straight ClassA state title.

Finishing with 66 yards rushing and a touchdown on 12 carries, two catches for 34 yards, and adding four tackles and a pair of quarterback hurries, Watson had a huge game for the Red Devils in the win. 

"I think I played good," Watson said of his performance. "Might as well say great. I had a couple of catches and a good run. I've got to give it to my O-Line and my quarterback and my running back for blocking for me."

A talented player that lines up at wide receiver and even wildcat quarterback on offense along with playing linebacker on defense for the Red Devils, Watson said the more he plays the more he feels like he's developing as a player.

"I would have to say a lot," he said of his progression as a player. "We had to step up our roles. We had younger players that had to step up. Me and our running back Dunlap (senior Terence Dunlap) had to mentor everybody."

Finishing the year with more 1,000 yards receiving, seven rushing touchdowns and as a top playmaker on defense, Watson has already earned interest from several top programs in the SEC and has an offer from the Auburn Tigers. He said winning a title in Jordan-Hare Stadium made things even more special for him.

"It felt good to know that I can win one in Jordan-Hare Stadium and one day be playing for Auburn and win an Iron Bowl here," Watson said. 

Building a strong bond with Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele and LB Coach Travis Williams, Watson said he likes what he's seen from the Tigers and the way they played defense this season.

"Coach Steele is a good mentor to me and Coach TWill, he's crazy but he's a good linebacker coach," Watson said. "I would love to come up and play for them.

"Coach TWill stayed on his linebackers the whole time and Coach Steele called the right plays to control the running game and passing game."

Adding offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Cincinnati late in the year, Watson said at the moment there's no question Auburn is at the top of his list.

"Auburn is still at the top," he said. "Auburn is still number one right now."

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