Speedy AU Signee Putting On A Show This Spring

Tiger football signee Jerald Watson has been impressive as a three-sport standout his senior season.

Morgan City, La.--It's busy week for Auburn football signee Jerald Watson.

He is finishing his senior year final exams at Central Catholic High and is leading his school's charge in the state baseball playoffs. In his spare time he is showing his speed as a member of the CCHS track team.

With Watson hitting a sizzling .545 with 10 homers and covering lots of ground in center field, his team has advanced to the quarter-finals of the baseball playoffs with the next round on Saturday following 6-0 victory on Tuesday.

Jerald Watson

On Thursday he will put on his track spikes to get ready for the state meet where he will compete in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 4x100. He has put track on the backburner this spring, but still managed to run a 10.6 electronically timed 100 in his last meet. "That was pretty good because I was running into the wind," he says. "I am looking forward to the state meet because I will get to run on a nice track. The tracks that I have run on this season have been in pretty bad shape."

Watson was a very early commitment to play football at LSU. He made that decision during his junior year. However, he decided to take a look at other colleges and early this year he chose to sign a scholarship to play running back at Auburn.

However, before that happens, he will have another decision to make. Pro scouts have been coming in large numbers to check out his baseball skills. He is a prospect who has the potential to go high in the Major League Baseball Draft in June.

"I am planning on coming to Auburn," Watson says. However, he notes that pro baseball is an option that he would be foolish not to consider. "That is something to look at," he says. "I guess there have been around 25 scouts at our games to check me out."

He says his current plans are to play football and baseball at Auburn this coming season. A 5-10, 205-pounder, Watson rushed for 5,100 career yards and did it in impressive style with long, game-breaking runs being his speciality.

Watson was such an outstanding kick returner in high school that many opponents avoided kicking or punting the ball in his direction. Coach Tommy Tuberville says that his plans are to give Watson a chance to be the No. 1 return man as a true freshman. However, before that happens, the Tigers have to get the speedster to campus so this is one recruiting battle that isn't finished just yet.

Watson hit .565 in baseball as a junior and has started at Central Catholic High in that sport since his eighth grade season. In football he scored 62 touchdowns, including 17 as a senior when he was slowed by a severe ankle sprain and torn ligaments in his hand.

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