Jabari Watson thought he had everything figured out, his college choice in check and his future decided. Then, everything changed.
"Basically, Arizona just stopped talking to me," he said. "Boise just kept steadily coming after me and I felt much more of a family feel from Boise," he added.
"Originally, I decide to commit to Arizona because it was close to home and my family didn't want me going too far, but with Boise showing so much love they told me I could go ahead and decommit if I wanted to."
"My friend Donte (Deayon) has told me a lot about Boise," he stated. "He was real honest with me. He said he knows the coaches at Boise have a genuine love for me and how he loves it up there. He also said the cold weather and being away from family took a while to adjust, but the family atmosphere in Boise really helps with that."
Boise State Defensive Line Coach Steve Caldwell has coached a lot of talented D-linemen over the years and Watson says the Broncos are eager to add him to the mix as early playing time will be available heading into next season.
"Coach Caldwell is a great guy," said Watson. "I love Coach Caldwell. He doesn't talk to me like I'm just a recruit, but that I'm already a part of the program. He has told me a lot about what he sees me doing for the next few years."
"Coach Caldwell and Coach Yates have talked to me a lot about early playing time," he said. "They need D-linemen to come in and play and if I go to Boise it'll motivate me that much more to get bigger, faster, and stronger for that opportunity."
Watson (6'3, 255) will visit Fresno State on January 15th and will be in Boise a week later for an official visit to The Blue.
"I don't really have a timetable for a decision," he sad. "I'll sit down with my family and discuss everything after the Boise visit. The main thing for me is just finding a place that feels like home. I need to be comfortable. That's the most important thing."
As a senior, the talented DT helped lead Summit to a 12-1 record. He and his teammates came close to winning yet another CIF title, but came up just a bit short.
"We got a little cocky in the playoffs," said Watson. "We got stung by a pretty good San Marino team. It was disappointing, but we still had a great season."
"For me, the biggest thing was becoming a playmaker this season," he said. "I had to come out on fire from the get-go and go through double-teams and triple-teams to help us win games. I had to make plays for my defense."
So, what does Watson bring to the gridiron?
"I'm explosive off the ball," he said. "I'm physical and I'm good at stopping the run and getting after the QB," he added.
As a senior, he racked up 90 tackles and 9 sacks.
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