Running Back Switches Tigers And Is AU Bound

Previously an LSU commitment, this Louisiana prep star says he will be an Auburn Tigers.

Morgan City, La.--Jerald Watson, a very early commitment to LSU, has had a change of heart.

On Sunday, after visiting Auburn, the tailback from Central Catholic High told Inside the Auburn Tigers that he plans to sign with Auburn on Feb. 4th.

"It is going to be hard calling LSU and telling them I am not coming because there are a lot of good people there," he says. "However, I have made up my mind. I am going to sign with Auburn. I am cancelling my other visits."

Watson, a 5-10, 205-pound speedster and a two-time All-State pick who rushed for 5,500 career yards, was also planning to visit Mississippi State and FSU the next two weeks.

"The Auburn campus was more than expected," he said. "It is a beautiful place. The people there and all the coaches are just all-around good people. I kind of expected that. I got along good with the players and my hosts."

His player host, in particular, made a good impression--All-SEC tailback Carnell Williams.

"Coach Tuberville is a straight up guy," he says. "Coach Gran was, too, and Coach Knox. They told me like it was and wanted I wanted to hear. That is why I am glad I had this people first.

"I wanted to hear them tell me that you are going to come in right away and be a player that is going to help us. That is what they told me. Coach Tuberville told me he wanted to come in and play as a third down back this year and help with kickoff returns and punt returns. I was excited about that. After I heard that, the lights went on and I decided that I was coming to Auburn."

Watson says he enjoyed the food, the academic advisers he met. "I talked to the guy in marketing, which is what I am interested in, and I was excited about that," he says. "I hear their new academic center is going to be awesome."

He also said that Williams did a super job as player host. "Cadillac is an awesome guy," he said. "We had a good time together. We have a lot in common, actually."

Watson originally committed to LSU last February and has been a regular at football games there. However, he says that the Bayou Bengals have been talking to him about playing in the slot to take advantage of his excellent speed and hands as a receiver. However, Watson says he is a tailback at heart.

"There are really good people at LSU, but I had to make this decision for myself," says Watson, who was a four-year starter in high school. "I had to be kind of selfish in my situation."

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.

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