Louisville checks on Elkino Watson

Louisville assistant Clint Hurtt made recruiting stops in Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie, Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade during the Cardinals bye-week. One of the prospects he visited was three-star Miami (FL) Booker T. Washington defensive tackle Elkino Watson. Watson spoke with InsideTheVille.com about a possible upcoming visit to the 'Ville.

Louisville assistant Clint Hurtt made recruiting stops in Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie, Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade during the Cardinals bye-week. One of the prospects he visited was three-star Miami (FL) Booker T. Washington defensive tackle Elkino Watson.

Watson, an athletic 6-foot-2, 270-pound prospect, has helped lead his team to a 4-0 record and has been getting after the quarterback better than any lineman in Miami-Dade County.

"I'm leading the county in sacks," Watson said. "Right now I've got about eight sacks in our first four games."

Watson, who is rated one of the top 70 prospects in Florida by SunStateFootball.com, told InsideTheVille.com that a trio of Big East programs – South Florida, Louisville and Rutgers, plus Illinois, are recruiting him the hardest this fall.

Friday, Hurtt, Louisville's defensive line coach, dropped in to see Watson.

"He was down on Friday," Watson said. "He's a good guy. I've known him since he was at UM [Miami]. I've got a close bound with Coach Hurtt. He was talking about Louisville and setting up a visit to go up there."

Though Watson has no official visits set up at this point, he said he's interested in visiting the Cardinals. Louisville signed three players from Miami last year, and has two commitments from the city for next season. Watson is aware of Louisville's growing pipeline in Miami.

"Coach Hurtt told me they have a good program and I know a couple of guys up there like Michaelee [Harris] and Corvin Lamb," Watson said. "I'm looking forward to getting up there for a visit."

Watson doesn't seem in a hurry to narrow his list or name favorites.

"Right now I don't have any favorites," said Watson. "I don't know how it's going to play out, but me and my family will have to sit down and talk about it. Education is a big factor and how long it will take me to get on the field."

Louisville loses a couple defensive linemen after this season and Charlie Strong has shown a willingness this season to play freshmen B.J. Butler and Brandon Dunn up front. "Coach Hurtt told me they've got senior defensive linemen and he was saying there's no doubt I could play right away if I work hard," Watson said.

Watson, who said he's open to going out of state for college, said he'll probably take a "couple" official visits during the season, and a "couple" visits after the season.

Watson was rated one of the Top 10 defensive linemen in Florida by the Orlando Sentinel. He earned second team All-Dade honors last year.


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