Watson Checking Out 'Noles

It has been nearly a year since running back/wide receiver <b>Jerald Watson</b> committed to LSU. Well, as National Signing Day approaches, Watson, from Morgan City, La., Central Catholic is having second thoughts for a number of reasons. Florida State and Auburn are suddenly in the mix, and Watson will be in Tallahassee in two weeks. Click here for the latest.

Jerald Watson, a 5-foot-11, 200-pound running back/wide receiver with 4.4 speed, has had his heart set on attending LSU next year.

A childhood fan of the national champion Tigers, Watson has made the 60-minute drive to Baton Rouge, La., a number of times over the years. In fact, he was coach Nick Saban's first verbal commitment for the class of 2004.

But LSU might not be Watson's best choice.

Watson said the Tigers have six running backs on their roster, which could mean there's a chance he may move to wide receiver his first two seasons.

The versatile Watson, who rushed for 960 yards and 17 touchdowns but is ranked 32nd nationally as a receiver, says he wants the opportunity to compete at running back.

That's why he's added FSU and Auburn to his recruiting mix.

"I grew up a running back -- that's my whole life," Watson told TheTerritory Thursday night. "There's a 50-50 chance I may change my mind. I love LSU. It might be tough on my family (if he changes mind), but we will deal with it."

Watson, who has not taken an official visit to LSU but attended most of the Tigers' home games this past season, is scheduled to visit Auburn next weekend and FSU Jan. 30.

Watson said he likes the Auburn Tigers because "of the way they showcase their running backs." As far as FSU is concerned, Watson admitted he was impressed by the "overall aspect of FSU, the ACC, and how coach (Bobby) Bowden runs the offense."

Watson said he's concerned that he might not be given the chance to play running back at LSU until his junior season. Watson added 100 receiving yards this past year.

He's fully qualified with a 2.7 grade-point averag and a 19 on his ACT.

Territory recruiting analyst Dave Peters contributed to this report.


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