Iowa Visits Watson

Josh Watson plays middle linebacker with the edge coaches like to see. Iowa is searching for players at the position. He talks about the Hawkeyes' interest and where he'll be camping this summer in this premium story.

A welcomed guest dropped by Blue Springs (MO) South High on Wednesday. Iowa Assistant LeVar Woods wanted to get a look at Josh Watson during spring drills.

"He told me that he loved the way I play middle linebacker," Watson said. "He said that I have a lot of great talent. He wanted me to come to the camp in June to see how fast I am, how explosive I am and how quick I am."

The 6-foot-2, 234-pound Watson hopes to camp at Iowa on June 17. Oklahoma (June 2), Missouri (June 9), and Kansas State (June 15) already are on his schedule.

"After talking to (Woods) today, I have a really good feeling about (the Hawkeyes) program," Watson said. "Not only do they have a good football program, they also have a really good academic program. They have a very good graduation rate for athletes at their school."

South Dakota State and Missouri Western have offered Watson scholarships, he said. Colorado State planned to follow them on Friday, he added.

Watson said he's also hearing consistently from Kansas State, Oklahoma, Colorado State, Nebraska, Missouri, S. Dakota State, Baylor and Tulsa.

"I love to hit," Watson said. "I love to come down off of blocks and put my face in there and meet the running back at the point of attack. I like getting away from offensive linemen and knocking running backs out.

"I'm working on my pass coverage. I feel like I'm getting better at that."

Watson said he recently was timed running the 40-yard dash in 4.64 seconds. In April, he was named the linebacker MVP at the National Underclassmen Five-Star invite event in Springfield, IL.

Watson is interested in studying sports medicine in college. He wants to verbally commit to a school during the first week of his senior year in the fall, he said.

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