2016 two-way lineman boasts ECU offer

ECU joined a cast of other schools in offering Georgia two-way 2016 lineman Tyler Watson recently.

Milton (Alpharetta, GA) 2016 offensive lineman Tyler Watson recently added East Carolina to his long list of offers.

The bulky 6-foot-5, 255-pound lineman heard from the Pirates during the last week of his junior semester at Milton high and ECU offensive line Brad Davis extended the scholarship opportunity to him.

“It was pretty exciting because I was waiting for a while,” Watson said. “We had been talking a lot about them offering me before spring practice and sure enough they did.”

The summer going into the senior season has historically been a hot time for recruits to commit to schools. However, Watson appears to be taking the process slowly and has yet to narrow his growing list.

“Right now I’m open to almost all of the schools offering me,” he said. “I have a pretty high interest in ECU. I’m pretty open.”

The process could start to heat up for Watson, too. He has yet to take any official visits to schools but noted that he wanted to spend him summer doing just that, as well as attending various camps to help him narrow his list.

Watson has offers from 10 FBS schools including fellow American Athletic Conference teams Central Florida and Connecticut. His two-way play in high school adds another factor into the process as he played on both sides of the ball.

The Pirates, however, see Watson’s frame as a perfect fit on the offensive side of the ball in their pass-heavy offense.

“I like pass blocking just as much as I like run blocked,” Watson noted. “I know I can fit in both so it’s not really a problem for me.”

Watson explained that whenever he decides to commit, it will be to a school that has everything he wants, both and off of the field.

“I definitely want a school that’s good academically,” Watson said. “But I definitely want a school that has a good football program and I understand that ECU does have a good football program.”

The Georgia product said that UCF, ECU and UConn were among the schools recruiting him the hardest and with no in-state FBS offer, Watson could see himself far from home. Proximity, however, doesn’t appear to be a big factor for him.

“Right now I really don’t know what I want,” Watson said. “(Proximity) might be a factor but probably not.”

Depending on what offers come next, Watson said that he could commit by the end of summer. His preference is to commit before his senior campaign at Milton but noted that he wouldn’t be against waiting until the middle of the season.

In the meantime, Power-Five teams Wake Forest, Duke, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt and Florida have all shown interest in Watson and are all having him for camps this summer.


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