TE Steve Watson Confirms He's Blue

As often happens in recruiting, a commitment comes from seemingly nowhere - at least for fans. However, the Michigan staff had long known of tight end Steve Watson of Mullen High School in Denver, Colo. On Monday, Watson gave his verbal pledge to attend and play football at Michigan. GoBlueWolverine.com caught up with the young man on Wednesday to get his word on the news.

After spending a day on the Michigan campus, tight end Steve Watson of Mullen High School in Denver, Colo., knew he had found what he was looking for. "I loved the whole place," he said. "It was the first time I'd been there, but Michigan has a great football tradition, and (Ann Arbor) is great. I loved it and felt it was the right place for me. I talked it over with my dad a little but I had already made up my mind. I committed to Michigan on Monday."

Watson is the son of former Denver Bronco wide receiver Steve Watson Sr, now a coach with the Broncos. However, the younger Watson said it was his intention all along to leave the state. "I wanted to get out of Colorado and see something different," he said. He chose the Wolverines over Cal, Arizona State, UCLA, and USC.

Once a year for the past three years, Watson has lined up against another Denver player who will don the Winged Helmet. "We play Montbello every year, and I lined up across from Greg Banks. He's a good player and I look forward to being his teammate now." Watson said he Banks was in Ann Arbor during his visit, but he didn't get a chance to meet him. "I'll be talking to him soon I'm sure," he said.

One future Wolverine he did chat with is quarterback Ryan Mallett of Texas High School in Texarkana, Texas. "We talked on the phone while I was there and I am really looking forward to meeting him," Watson said.

Watson said he is firm on his commitment, and that his recruiting is finished. "I'm 100-percent committed to Michigan, I love Coach (Ron) Lee and Coach (Mike) Debord and I wouldn't go back on my word to them." He added that he will play tight end for the Wolverines.

The Mustangs recorded an 11-3 record last season, culminating in a 35-13 loss to Douglas County in the Championship game. "We were a young team last year so we're looking to get back to the championship and win," Watson said.

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