Watson, who recorded 65 tackles and nine sacks as a junior, remains open with his recruitment. "I don't have any favorites at this point," Watson said.
Watson currently has no official visits scheduled but said he plans to make a few visits early this season.
"I want to visit places I've never been," Watson said.
One school trying to land a visit is Louisville. Cardinals defensive line coach Clint Hurtt has been laying the groundwork with Watson this summer and it seems to be paying dividends.
"I call coach Clint Hurtt and keep in touch with him a lot," Watson said. "I talk to him at least once a month, more than that. We talked about coming for an official visit and seeing what it's like up there in Louisville the last time I spoke with him."
Is Watson interested in the Cardinals?
"Yes, sir," Watson said. "That's a top-notch college up there in Louisville. I really like the vibe I feel with Coach Hurtt. I feel comfortable with Rutgers coaches, and Coach Hurtt at Louisville and the coaches from UCF."
Though Watson has options to stay in Florida next season, he says he's open to heading out of state for college.
"I'm open to go to school out of state," said Watson. "Education is important. And the coaches. I don't want to go to a school that's too far. I want my family to be able to come and visit once in a while. I'd like to get some playing time early in my career."