At 6-foot-4 and 285 pounds, River Ridge (La.) John Curtis Christian standout defensive tackle Ryan Watson has helped his team reach the state quarterfinals, which take place this coming Friday.
Watson has registered 15 sacks so far this season.
"Our defensive line has been playing really good," Watson said. "We need to keep it going so we can finish strong this season and get another [state title] ring."
Watson, who carries a 2.7 core GPA, said he's still waiting on ACT scores to come back. "I need a 17," he said.
Watson said the recruiting process has also been keeping him busy.
"I'm still looking at Southern Cal, Miami, Oklahoma, Colorado, Florida, and LSU," he said. "Those are the main ones because they're the ones that call me every week."
The standout defensive tackle said he has four official visits so far.
"I don't have all the exact dates, but I know I'm going to Southern Cal, Miami, LSU, and two others. I set up one to Florida but I'm not sure I'm even going to go on that one."
Watson did remember one of the dates.
"Me and Carnell [Stewart] are going to Miami on January 24," he said.
He talked more about the Hurricanes.
"They talkin about some real stuff," he said. "I like Coach Mark a lot. He ain't ever feeding me any BS and always answers all my questions. I like him and that's who I'll be playing for. They're losing 6 defensive linemen. Both their starting tackles are leaving. There's a lot of things to like about Miami."
Watson said playing time as a freshman would be nice, but it's not necessarily something he expects.
"It don't matter to me," he said. "I just want a chance. If I play as a freshman, that must mean I'm doing good."
The standout defender was asked about playing together with Stewart.
"We tight and everything," he said, "and we are both looking at the same schools but it doesn't really mean we'll sign together. It might happen but only if it works out that way."
So what are the chances of getting Watson to leave his home state?
"They trying to get everyone from here," he said about LSU. "But I'll go wherever. I gotta pick the best place for me, no matter if it's in Louisiana or not."
Watson denies a favorite.
"Naw, he said. "They all pretty much even right now. I'm definitely going to take all my visits and then tell everyone where I'm going sometime in late January."
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