Class of 2013 DL enamored with Maryland

Watson likes Terps location, and proximity to family.

Marquise Watson is enjoying life at his new school, Paramus Catholic. The New Jersey native, and class of 2013 defensive lineman, switched from Saint Peter's Preparatory School to Paramus prior to his senior year, and hasn't missed a beat in the process.

Watson is averaging over 4 solo tackles a game, with 43 in total, and also has two sacks and two turnovers on the year, including a forced fumble and interception.

Watson indicated that he views himself as a hybrid lineman-linebacker.

“I actually mirror my game after Terrell Suggs,” Watson said. “Terrell Suggs, James Harrison those are players I really mirror my game after. They are guys that can stand up and put their hand in the ground. They are very physical and they play hard the whole game.”

Watson has been working on making himself a more complete player. Prior to his senior year, the 6-foot, 265-pounder said he focused on speed training.

“I worked on getting fast, getting quick, and being the most explosive player I can be on the field,” Watson said.

This work now seems to be paying dividends as evidenced by Watson's stat line and offer sheet.

Watson says he currently has 11 offers from schools, including Rutgers, Temple, and Miami (Ohio).

While Watson doesn't currently have an offer from Maryland that hasn't deterred him from expressing interest in the school.

“It's definitely one of the top schools on my list,” Watson said. “You can never go wrong with Maryland. Good location, great weather, and not far away from my family.”

Watson indicated that he would like to play football where his family could see him in person.

“I would love for my family to see me play,” Watson said. “I have family in Maryland. My aunt actually went to Maryland.”

Watson says the Terrapins are one of many colleges he watches, including Rutgers and Temple. Watson added when he's not watching game film, he's watching football games on television, whether it be at the college or professional level.

It isn't all about football for Watson though. He's looking for a college with good academics, which he said come first, and coaches who are interested in helping their players succeed academically.

Watson wants to work in the computer science field after college and wants a college that will help him obtain internships in that field.

Maryland made Watson's top five list, along with Temple, Rutgers, Miami (Ohio) and Massachusetts.

Terrapin fans shouldn't expect a decision soon though. Watson said he plans to commit on February 6th, national signing day.

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