Three-Sport Louisiana Star to Visit Auburn

A player who previously committed to another SEC team plans to visit the Tigers this week.

Morgan City, La.--Speedy running back Jerald Watson says he is still considers himself committed to LSU, but notes that Auburn is one of three official visits he plans to take this month to make sure his decision to stay close to home is the right one.

The 5-10, 205-pound senior from Central Catholic High School is scheduled to be on the Auburn campus this weekend to check out the Tigers.

"I have been watching Auburn and I like how they like to use their running backs--how they like to showcase their running backs," Watson says. "That is something that I would like to get into.

"I think that they like to play more than two running backs, which is awesome, and I think that I would get a chance early on, hopefully. I mean, I will go out there and compete. I am they type of guy that is going to step up to the next level pretty well, I believe."

Watson has been a star high school player for a long time. He is a four-year starter at tailback who rushed for more than 5,500 yards in his high school career. He earned first team All-State honors as a sophomore and junior and honorable mention All-State as a senior.

He would have likely had even more yardage if he hadn't suffered a pair of injuries that slowed him as a senior. A severe ankle sprain and two torn ligaments in his hand limited him to "just 970 in 106 carries," Watson says. He did manage to score 17 TDs last fall. As a junior, he rushed for 1,822 yards.

"The first three years in high school I was more of a scatback weighing about 185-190," he says. "I really didn't bring the pain my freshman and sophomore years, but I used my speed to get to the corner mostly. But, my junior when I started using my power and put it together, I guess that is why I had such a good year. I guess I am in between both power and speed. I can do both."

Watson, who has also played cornerback, linebacker and free safety on defense, is a three-sport standout. His speed comes in handy in track and field and in baseball as a center fielder where he hit a blistering .565 as a junior. His performances on the track have also been impressive. "I ran a 10.64 100 meters last year and I broke two national indoor records in the 60-meters," he says. "I broke the high school freshman record in the 60 in 6.74 and the sophomore record with a time of 6.73.

"I don't think I want to run track in college, but I am interested in playing baseball," Watson adds. "I am a four-year starter in that sport." He notes that he may talk to Auburn's baseball coaching staff about the possibility of playing outfield for the Tigers.

Watson says he is a regular on his school's honor role and will have no problems becoming an academic qualifier. "I have got everything taken care of to be qualified," he notes. He is undecided about a course of study in college.

All four of his schools he is considering are strong in baseball. Next week he plans to check out Mississippi State and its new football coaching staff. After that he will take his third official visit to FSU. "I really don't think I am going to go on an official visit to LSU because it is my hometown and I go to all of the games," Watson says. "I kind of know everything about it."

He originally committed to LSU in February of his junior year. However, Watson says that the Bayou Bengals have talked to him about the possibility of playing receiver and being a kick returner as well as running back, but he notes that he wants to be a tailback in college. "They were talking about doing some different things with me and I am just going to check out my options before I decide," Watson says.

Watson says the announcement by Auburn's Ronnie Brown and Carnell Williams that they will return for their senior seasons doesn't lessen his interest in the Tigers. "No, I don't think so," he says. "I would like to learn from two guys like that. They are great football players and I am sure they could teach me a lot. So, no not at all."

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