For 2014 East Saint Louis (Ill.) Senior high school linebacker Kyron Watson, his game can be defined with relative simplicity. At 6-1, 210-pounds, Watson packs a punch on the football field, great news for his teammates and a nightmare for opponents.
“I can describe my play by saying I just go out on the field and be physical,” Watson told GoBlueWolverine. “Every time I step on the field I want to be the most physical (player). I play every down like it’s my last down.”
Placing a high level of importance on playing a physical brand of defense, Michigan and defensive coordinator Greg Mattison loved what they saw out of Watson on film, envisioning a role at inside or outside linebacker in Ann Arbor.
“I got a really close relationship with coach Mattison,” said Watson. “That’s a really good coach and has definitely peeked my interest as a player.
“He was just like, ‘You’re a beast on the field the way you come down hill and hit people.’”
After extending a scholarship offer to Watson at the beginning of April, the Wolverines surged to the top of his list and continue to hold that post today. Hoping to be done with the recruiting process as soon as possible, Watson will take a trip to Ann Arbor on May 20th, with a decision to come not long after that.
When asked how likely a commitment might be if he’s blown away on his visit, Watson couldn’t hold back.
“It’s a high chance,” said Watson. “I’m not going to lie and say it’s not. It’s a high chance.
“I just know Michigan has always had a great team and they always compete,” said Watson. “They always have a good defense and it’s a good school academic wise too.”
Although Michigan leads, Kansas remains a fixture in Watson’s top two, having visited the Jayhawks several times.
One school looking to get into the mix with talk of a scholarship offer headed Watson’s way is Ohio State. The Buckeyes visited Watson’s school Wednesday, although the Illinois native does question the Buckeyes intention.
“That would be good,” said Watson. “I might get up there to visit there too but they probably just want to offer me because Michigan offered me. You know, those two are rivals.”
Whenever the final decision is made for Watson, one factor stands out above the rest, and it doesn’t have much to do with strapping on his football helmet.
“Basically academics,” said Watson. “Whatever school I can go to where if I don’t do as well as I think I can do in football, I can walk out of school with a good degree and make sure I’ll get a good job. And then a school that just feels like home.”