Watson high on Terps

Local prospect Arrelious Benn may be the WR target Maryland fans are most familiar with right now but Lincoln HS (NY) WR Lansford Watson is another top prospect who is very high on the Maryland Terrapins.

Watson is a 6-foot-4, 220-pound WR/TE prospect with the Terps right near the top of his list of schools. Last season he caught 53 balls for over 850 yards and 11 touchdowns. He currently has around twenty offers from some of the biggest football programs but the Terps are definitely one of his favorites.

"As of right now, I like Maryland because of Vernon Davis. Now, I'm not going to be running a 4.3 but I could see myself playing there in that position. Also, I like Miami, Florida State, North Carolina, and Syracuse."

Watson says he has visited Maryland's campus numerous times and plans to camp there this summer as well. It's a campus and area that has a familiar feel to the Brooklyn, NY product.

"I love it," Watson said. "I love it a lot because coming from New York City you're used to that fast paced, traffic everywhere [lifestyle] so Maryland is kind of like a city too. There's Washington, DC over there, Annapolis over there and you have that quietness too. It's a mixture of everything, you got the traffic if you want it and then you have the quietness if you want it so I like that a lot."

Watson will get yet another look at Maryland's campus very soon as he plans on coming down for one of Maryland's football camps for high schoolers among his other summer plans.

"I'm going to visit Maryland this summer for sure," he said. "I'm going to go to their camp. Probably North Carolina as well and that's about it. I'm taking summer school courses just to boost up my grades and make sure everything is right with the NCAA."

In addition to camping and school. Watson will use the summer to begin to narrow down his list of schools for the fall official visit season.

"Right now me and my coach are trying to close it down a little so around July we should have at least a top five schools I want to take official visits to."

As things stand right now, Maryland seems to be a lock to make Watson's top five and get an official visit in the fall.

"Oh, they're going to be in the top five," he said. "They're going to be in my top five for sure. I love Maryland. I love Maryland a lot. When I was a freshman, [Nyan] Boateng was getting recruited heavily by Maryland and ever since then I've known the Maryland coaches."

In addition to the football side of things, Watson has other things he looks for in a school.

"I want to get my education just in case football doesn't work out forever," he said. "I want to do business or communications, stuff like that and get a degree. [I want] a good football environment too with a good surrounding. I don't want to go to a school where I don't feel comfortable."

Watson says he has been working hard on his grades and will be taking the SAT for the first time on June 3rd.

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