DT Josh Watson Profile
And given the positions both prospects play - offensive and defensive tackle, which are two huge needs in the 2010 recruiting class, it made it especially important.
So far, by all accounts, so good.
Clemson landed the verbal commitment of Hargrave Military tackle Josh Watson, Saturday evening and is expected to gain the commitment of his teammate, OL Laurence Gibson later Sunday, CUTigers.com has confirmed.
Watson chose the Tigers over offers from North Carolina, Florida State and Duke.
"It felt right," Watson told CUTigers.com. "Clemson is a great place and I didn't want to waste anyone else's time or mine when I knew I would be a Tiger."
He is verbal commitment No. 19 for the 2010 recruiting class and fills an immediate need at defensive tackle.
Watson finished high school fully qualified with a pair of Division II offers before enrolling at Hargrave to help improve his stock. Following a strong performance at a combine, that's exactly what happened as Watson now owns offers from Virginia, West Virginia, Connecticut, Michigan State and Florida State.
The four-star standout had also visited Boston College and Duke officially before deciding on the Tigers Saturday evening.
Originally from Wilmington, D.E., Watson's parents did not make the trip to Tigertown.
At 6-5, 260, some schools are also recruiting him as a defensive end. Clemson is recruiting him to play tackle.
Clemson offensive tackle and tight end coach Danny Pearman is serving as his main recruiter.
"He tells me that if I want to play football, then this is where I want to come because the fans are crazy and South Carolina is a football state," Watson said.
"I know the coaches are good and they're straight shooters."
Watson also told CUTigers.com he is done with the recruiting process and has cancelled his last remaining official visit to North Carolina.
"I'm done with all of my visits," he said. "I called Carolina and told them I won't be making the trip."
Watson commits to Clemson
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