“After the first day I was like it’s a nice place and everything, but it doesn’t compare to Michigan for me,” Watson stated. “I was hanging out there with my teammates so I got to have the whole experience, but I felt more at home at Michigan. Plus I’m going to have a teammate with me, Freddy Canteen… so that helps too.”
Watson’s decision to go ahead and end his recruitment may have provided Canteen with the final Maize & Blue nudge.
“We’ve been talking about (committing to Michigan) since we got the offer,” said Watson. “Freddy was looking at a couple of schools, and I was kind of leaning toward USC and Michigan. I just wanted to go out to SC and see what that felt like. When I came back I talked to coach I just said, ‘I want to go to Michigan.’ Freddy called about two minutes after and said, ‘yo, are you committing tomorrow?’ I said, ‘yeah.’ He said, ‘oh yeah? Me too!’ We basically told Coach Hoke ten minutes apart.”
“It’s funny I just got the Tennessee offer this morning,” Watson later added. “I told him ,’it’s a little too late… I’ve already made up my mind to go to Michigan.”
That news definitely got Brady Hoke’s day off to a good start.
“His voice got high and he was really excited,” Watson said laughingly. “I got on the phone with Coach Mattison and he was really excited for me to come there too.”
With his recruitment now out of the way Watson’s focus turns to getting ready for a season in which he which he will be consistently challenged by a gauntlet of a schedule. Matching up with Canteen on a daily basis in practice should certainly have him ready. Canteen contends he has had his way with Watson in practice, and in turn has made his talented counterpart better. Watson only agrees with part of that.
“Freddy can say what he wants to say,” stated Watson with a chuckle. “We know how practice goes. When I was first playing corner and I moved from safety, Freddy got me that first year. After that I had to sow Freddy what it was.”
“But practice is great. Our team has a whole bunch of great players. When we compete… whether it’s in the weight room or the field work… it’s great. You get better every day. If you’re not competing you might need to pick a different sport. We go hard every day. You almost get into fights with people because you want it, and they want it just as bad. It’s just a battle every day we’re out there. When we play the games we’re prepared already. We’ve already been through battle. Going to ECA we already have a target on our backs. Going to Michigan will make that target a little bigger."
“I can’t wait for that!”