DL Enjoys Visit From Coker

At 6-foot-4 and 280 pounds, River Ridge (La.) John Curtis Christian standout defensive tackle Ryan Watson has been meeting with coaches for most of the last two weeks. One of the coaches that stopped by earlier this week was Larry Coker.

"Coach Coker from Miami came by here on Monday, " Watson said. "I was sort of surprised. I mean, that's the head coach for Miami coming to see me."

So what did the talented tackle think after meeting with Coker?

"He's a pretty cool man," he said. "My parents had some questions for him and he was able to answer them all. He then talked about losing a bunch of defensive linemen off this year's team and how they need to reload. He said I'm one of the guys they're most interested in."

Watson has narrowed his list of potential schools down to five -- UM, LSU, Florida, Colorado, and Southern Cal.

"I went to LSU last weekend for my official visit," he said "I knew a lot about it already but it was OK. I enjoyed it. The only bad part is when we went to the club and we weren't able to get in cause they said the pants we were wearing were too baggy. I was like 'what's up with that?' and walked off."

Watson has already been on visits to Southern Cal and Colorado as well. He talked about the comparisons.

"There were actually a lot of differences between those two," he said. "USC had the big city and the warm weather while Colorado had more of a college type town and colder weather. Baton Rouge too. They're all good college programs though and I'm interested in all of them."

The talented lineman will take one final visit before making a final decision.

"I'm off to Miami this weekend," he said. "And boy I can not wait. Me, Carnell [Stewart], and some other cats are going down there. That just goes to show you how good the football is up here. A team like Miami's bringing a bunch of us in for trips. Louisiana football is for real."

Watson said he'll focus on two main aspects on his visit this week.

"Basically I want to check out the academic part of it and then get a feel for what the players think about the football program," he said. "I mean I know they're very successful and they have great players but I want to see what the players think of other stuff."

Watson, who said he'll make a decision sometime next week hopefully, said he is still checking into playing together with Stewart.

"It might happen," he said. "We've talked about it all year and now it's getting closer and closer. We like the same schools but who knows. He might go one way and I might go another or we might go together."

Watson denies a favorite but said, "All I know is I'm very interested in going to check out everything in Miami this weekend."

Canes Time Top Stories