With Louisiana packed to the brim with talent for 2011, the Tigers – in a position that the staff has not faced in the Miles era – will be unable to nab every name.
That means that certain names could end up elsewhere in the Southeastern Conference, and not for the reason that the home state was out-recruited for one of their own.
A new name to watch, one that multiple SEC teams are already showing attention to, is Bastrop High athlete Jevante Watson.
At 5-foot-11, 170-pounds, Watson said that he plans to work out for college coaches this summer at both wide receiver and cornerback. As a junior last fall, he lined up at cornerback, running back and receiver. Watson also handled return duties on special teams.
“The coaches gave me a chance to be on the field in a lot of different ways, and I think I made plays consistently,” Watson said. “I felt like I had a strong go, and I am playing some of my best ball right now.”
When it comes to the recruiting game, things are a bit fresh for Watson. No offers have come, but attention is certainly brewing.
“Mail is coming from LSU, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Auburn and a good number of other schools,” Watson said. “I went up to the Ole Miss Junior Day, and I really enjoyed that. Their campus is nice, and the staff was cool. I plan to go back up there to watch them practice at some point this spring.”
Another campus Watson plans to drop in on is LSU’s.
“I found out about the LSU Junior Day a little late, and I had already had plans and couldn’t make it,” he said. “I want to get to the next one, and then try to get there again in the spring. I am trying to find out as much as I can about schools, because I don’t know when I will be ready to make a decision.”
Watson, who plans to camp at LSU (among other places) this summer, said that his game likely translates to the collegiate level best at corner – where most teams are beginning to recruit him.
“I have played everywhere, but at cornerback I am successful because I can cover so well,” he said. “I love to play man, because I can get physical but I am also fast.”
To add to 4.52 speed, Watson also impressed with another number.
“I already made a 22 on the ACT, so I feel pretty confident about making everything smooth in the classroom,” Watson said.
If LSU comes calling, Watson – who said that he has no early leaders – admits that he would begin to favor the idea of staying home.
“It makes sense, because I do like LSU,” he said. “LSU is the school that people love around here growing up. I definitely like them, but I understand that this is my future and recruiting is different than being a fan.
“Still, if LSU offered, it would be a big day for me, and it would be tough to turn down that opportunity.”