"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."
"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.
"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.