The Brooklyn, N.Y. native said hell study film on the defensive ends he faces week by week. Hell try to anticipate possible stunts based on the type of stance his opponent is in. Hell supercharge his speed and deepen his strength by eating those leaner, less tasty, character-building foods. And hell knock out his assignments, both on and off the field.
Before spring ball I didnt work as hard as I feel Im going to work now, and I know what I need to work on, Watson said. So from here on out, its straight working, getting my game better. If you want to be the best, you got to be dedicated. You cant sidetrack anything.
I wasnt star-struck by the big-name schools, Watson said. At schools like that, theres a lot of politics. I feel the coaches here are going to put the best player on the field, players that they can rely on and players that show up and practice every day.
Hes legit, a strong blocker, quick, Watson said. If Matt Furstenburgs the best player and the coaches feel that way, he will play and I will respect it. Everybody has a role.
And throughout his life, Watson has stretched and molded into several different roles. His fathers absence during his childhood created a unique level of emotional depth in his relationships with other family members, whom he looked to for moral guidance.
We became so close, Watson said. They believed in me when nobody else wanted to. When I did wrong things, they always motivated me to make sure it wouldnt happen again.
As the youngest of five kids, Watson found himself acting as a big brother after his only one moved to Trinidad.
I lived in a household full of females, Watson said. In a way, it made me more mature, and it made me understand my family more.
Watson latched onto football at age 9, when he lived in Florida. After watching his cousin play in a Pop Warner game in Fort Lauderdale, the then-basketball fan started to embrace football as his way of life.
Watson moved to Brooklyn soon after, and began playing for the local rec team, the Skyhawks, on which he played offensive tackle. He pointed out his New York neighborhood as a breeding ground for athletes, including Lance Stephenson and Stephon Marbury.
Watson said he came to Maryland with an NFL future in mind, but has other plans if that one doesnt work out: hed like to roam the sidelines as a high school or college coach.