TIREY: Lashun Watson Says Yes To Cats

The UK recruiting push has reached into the Peach State once again and this time Coach Brooks and his staff have landed talent at a position they sorely need.

The UK recruiting push has reached into the Peach State once again and this time Coach Brooks and his staff have landed talent at a position they sorely need.  Lashun Watson, a 6’5”, 195 pound wide receiver from Georgia has committed to Kentucky.  Watson will not only help out in football, but as a two-sport star at Greenville High School, he has plans to walk on the UK basketball team and try and help out Tubby Smith, as well. 

Greenville did not have a stellar campaign in football this year, but Watson stood out for his team.   “We started out great,” said Watson.   “But we ended the season at 5-5.  I did pretty good this year.  I had 30 something catches for 800 yards and 7 touchdowns.”  Joker Phillips has been working the state of Georgia rather hard over the past couple of years and this year’s recruiting class will probably have more Georgia players than ever before when he is done.  The fact that Georgia is represented on Kentucky’s roster helped them land Watson.  “When I came up there for my visit, I knew three guys already from Lagrange, Georgia.  They seem really cool and I felt like I was already home.  I told myself that this is the spot for me.  I love the game, and I don’t want to miss a year.  So early playing time was important, too.”  Watson’s style may evoke a thought or two of Lonnell Dewalt.  Watson uses his height to just outjump the defender.  “I just go get it.  They throw it up, and I go get it.”   

Watson was receiving attention from several schools for his football talents, including SEC schools.  Georgia and Auburn offered in football with a chance to play hoops, as well.  Alabama offered in basketball.  And UAB said he could play either sport.  But he was adept enough on the basketball floor to earn scholarship offers from other schools, too.  “I play the 1, 2 or 3,” said Watson.  “I am like a slasher.  I can get to the basket and finish.”  Another big reason that Watson chose Kentucky is the fact that Tubby Smith said he could have a shot at playing hoops for the Cats.  Playing two sports, especially at Kentucky, is challenging.  Is Watson up to it?  “I hope so,” said Lashun.  “I just got to keep my body in good condition, and I’ll be ready to go.”


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