Watson Attends Terp Practice

For the first time since his verbal commitment to Maryland earlier this month, five-star wide receiver Lansford Watson made the three-and-a-half hour trip down I-95 to College Park and took in Maryland's morning practice Wednesday. And Watson, always a bubbly personality, was still overflowing with enthusiasm a day later.

“I live it, I love it,” he said. “I like the enthusiasm of their team. I also like the way their together. On the field they go [hard] against each other, but once they get off the field, they’re still homeboys,” he said.

He also spent some time hanging out with Dunbar (D.C) blue-chipper Arrelious Benn, the nation’s No. 1 wide receiver, who has been spending a good deal of time in College Park recently. The two of them chatted for a while watching practice, and Watson tried to gauge Benn’s interest in becoming a Terp.

“He’s thinking about Florida State, too, but he’s thinking about it. It’s right near his hometown,” Watson said.

The two then headed off to the dorms with sophomore Florida transfer Josh Portis, who is sitting out this year and whose talent, both Benn and Watson have said, is a strong selling point for offensive recruits.

“I can’t wait to get down there and get it rolling with him. We’re going to do some big things,” Watson said.

But it was Benn and the virtual Portis doing the big things on this day; he beat Watson at a game of NCAA Football 2007 while playing as Maryland with Portis at quarterback. Watson was using Florida so that he could play as his former teammate at Abraham Lincoln High, Gators wide receiver Nyan Boateng.

Watson, who is speedy and athletic at 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, is holding out hope he’ll play wide receiver at Maryland. But he knows he could end up at H-back or tight end as well, depending on the roster and how big he gets.

“I still think wide receiver, but I’ll go wherever I have to fit it. I guess if I’ve got to get down in a three-point stance, that’s what I’ve gotta do.”

Watson kicks off his senior season next week with what the Lincoln team calls ‘Hell Week’ – the first week of fall camp.

“We’re gonna separate the mens from the womens,” he joked.

His team was the most talented in the city last year but lost in the first round, so he’s focused on making his senior campaign a memorable one. But he first wanted to pay his future cohorts a visit and spend a day of fun at his future stomping ground, and that’s precisely what he did.

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