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Charles Moku Watson is on campus in Provo this weekend for his official visit to BYU and he's excited to take it all in

Hawaiian athlete Charles Moku Watson is currently at BYU taking an official visit. The two-way athlete from Leilehua High School has already taken an official visit to Oregon State. Now it's BYU's turn to impress one of the top prospects from Hawaii.

One of the top defensive back prospects from the island of Oahu, Charles Moku Watson is half African-American and half Samoan, which is where Polynesian name "Moku" in his name comes from.

"Moku is actually my middle name and it sounds Hawaiian," Watson said. "It's actually spelled Mauponu but it's easier for everyone to say Moku. If you listen to my family they say, 'Motu boy." I'm actually half Samoan and half black."

In the Samoan language the letter "T" and "K" are often times interchangeable turning the name Moku into "Motu" at times. Now we've got that cleared up BYU wants Watson to play cornerback at the next level despite playing multiple positions at the prep level.

"I play receiver, corner, safety, and some outside backer," Watson said. "Coach Gilford and them said they want me to play corner for him though. They want me to get out there on an island and lock things up on that defense. I'm all for it and I think corner is my position at the collegiate level."

The BYU coach responsible for recruiting Watson is BYU cornerbacks coach Jernaro Gilford.

"Gilford is the coach recruiting me," said Watson. "As a person, he's really funny. As a coach, I feel he's a player's coach and I can't joke around with him. He's the type of person where he likes to get to know you and you can talk to him. I really like him."

So what does Watson do well as a cornerback that makes Coach Gilford want to coach him at that position at BYU?

"I can really tackle well," said Watson. "I'm a physical corner, big, strong, and can play like a corner but tackle like a safety. I'm tall with long arms, so I can play bump and run really well. I talk to Coach Gilford and he says he needs me right now. He needs me to come out there and lock some dudes up.

A member of the 2017 class, Watson was at one time committed to the Cougars. No, not the Cougars of BYU but the Cougars of Washington State. However, he is looking at possibly joining the Cougars of BYU and is taking an official visit this weekend.

"I'm taking an official visit to BYU this weekend," Watson said. "This isn't my first official visit and it's actually my second one. I took my first official visit about a month ago to Oregon State."

When Watson first got his offer from BYU he was grateful, feeling the offer was a big one for him.

"Aw man, I thought when I first got my offer from BYU I was so excited!" Watson said. "I've seen BYU on T.V a lot and it was a team that I watched a lot. The offer from BYU was a big one for me."

One reason is due to a childhood college football favorite Watson used to follow as a young boy. He remembers following BYU because of his favorite player, Kyle Van Noy, which is why when BYU came calling it was a big offer for him.

"I used to watch this one player a few years ago who was solid and a great player," said Watson. "He was number three [Kyle Van Noy]. I think he was half black like me. I used to scroll through the channels and he was always on making a play, so I would watch BYU and think, 'Man, this guy can play!' Then I remember the guy from Ghana [Ziggy Ansah] who could play too. I remember he had never played football before."

This weekend, Watson will tour the campus, meet the coaches and players, and take in a home game at LaVell Edwards Stadium to get a feel of what life on campus as a football player is like. While on his official visit, Watson has a few things he's looking for that's right up BYU's alley.

"What I'm looking for, since I'm from the islands, is the Poly vibe at BYU to see how it is," Watson said. "I'm looking for a family environment with the Poly's out there and with the coaches. I want to see how the environment is out there and see if it's a family school because the bonding is really big for me.

"The thing I'm most excited about is looking at the campus and the area. I really want to see what Provo is about. If the area is about BYU and the fan support and just see everything. I watched the Oregon State game and that was really fun, but I want to see how it is at BYU when they play. It's all good fun."

Coach Sitake and his staff is comprised largely of Polynesian. Coach Sitake is the first Tongan head coach in the history of NCAA, and Coach Tuiaki is the first Tongan defensive coordinator at BYU.

"I know and that's exciting," said Watson. "That's exactly why I know BYU is one of the places that I might want to be. I know how it is to be Poly and I want to be around Polynesian people. I believe Kalani is changing things around and making that program a special place."


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