Watson Back From Duke

One of the more noticeable visitors on campus this weekend was Rock Hill (S.C.) High standout tight end Asa Watson. The 6-foot-3, 215lbs three star prospect returned home on Sunday and spoke to TDD about his official visit to Durham.

"Duke was a great trip and it gave me a chance to see the campus and experience what it's like being a Duke student and an athlete," said Asa Watson. "I really enjoyed myself and I felt like I learned a lot from the coaches and players while I was there."

One of the few remaining prospects in the recruiting class of 2009 who has a promised scholarship offer from Coach Cutcliffe, Watson is considered a three star level player and the nation's #47 tight end. He currently holds offers from Boston College, Georgia Tech, Duke, Maryland, and North Carolina State. With so many options available, it was important for the Blue Devil staff to make a good impression during the last few days - so how did they do?

"Honestly if it weren't for the current staff at Duke, I don't think I'd be considering them as much as I am. The changes and progress Coach Cutcliffe has made in just one year there is really impressive - and it's not a surprise...he' done it before."

And what was the main recruiting pitch to Watson during his two day visit?

"Coach Cutcliffe was really genuine and he told me that I have a spot at Duke if I want it. They showed me how I would fit in with the offense and how I would work with the great recruiting class they are bringing in and with the young guys they have on the roster."

As with any athlete recruited by Cutcliffe and his staff, Watson was pitched not only about football, but also the academic benefits of picking the Blue Devils.

"With Duke you know they are one of the top academic schools in the country and you know you are going to get a great chance to go far in life - with or without football. Football will be there for me, but a degree will last me for the rest of my life - so that's something you really have to think about."

In addition to the pitches and various academic meetings, Watson was given a tour of the various Duke facilities and the traditions being established under Cutcliffe - something that earned top marks.

"We had a chance to go to Coach Cutcliffe's office as well as into the locker room for a presentation on the program and how I fit in. We also had a chance to walk through the Devil-walk and then we just toured the overall campus. It was a really comfortable feeling."

Next up for Watson appears to be a couple of intra-conference visits to NC State and Maryland - tentatively scheduled for the second week in January. After that he anticipates making a decision on or around signing day.

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