Blue Springs (MO) South already has one player who has committed to a D1 school for 2014 in TE Kendall Blanton. It appears that another Jaguar player will be signing with a D1 school come next February.
ShowMeMizzou.com spoke recently with Jaguars LB prospect Josh Watson 6'2" 233 4.62 forty, 34" vertical jump, 4.22 shuttle. Watson filled us in on his recruitment and plans this spring.
"Things are starting to pick up regarding recruiting, " said Watson. ‘Right now the main schools I am hearing from are Oklahoma, Missouri, Nebraska, Tulsa, Northern Illinois, Baylor and South Dakota State."
I asked Josh specifically about his interest in Mizzou and what he is hearing back from them.
"I camped with the Tigers at their one day camp in Liberty last summer, and I was at their junior day last month. It was nice, very nice. They served a great meal and they seemed pretty interested. I spoke with the coaches and they said they are looking to take two linebackers in this class, and that I am one of the linebackers that is on their list being evaluated to possibly be one of the two. They also said that I have what they are looking for in their linebackers. Someone who tackles and hits well and has good speed, " said Watson.
And his thoughts on the Tigers?
"I love them. I hope to get an offer from them and I would love to be a Tiger one day. The whole program is great. The coaches, the facilities, the academics. I know they had injuries last year, but you can see them moving forward and getting the opportunity to help them succeed in the SEC would be great, I would bleed that black and gold. My teammate and friend Kendall Blanton has committed here and we talked about playing together in college. I have been invited to their spring game on April 20th and I will be there."
Watson, whose cousin is legendary OU and Detroit Lions RB Billy Sims, broke down each of the other schools he mentioned on his list.
Oklahoma- " I have family ties to Oklahoma and I have talked to Coach Johnson from there. He invited me to their spring game and said they love my film. They said they like my size and how I am aggressive. I will be heading down there. They are obviously a great program."
Nebraska- "I just spoke to their recruiting director and he said that they just looked at my film and that they would love to see me on campus for a camp or practice. They are another great program."
Baylor- "I sent them my ACT score and some game film they requested and the coaches said they were evaluating me and wanted to talk to me next week."
Tulsa- "They have invited me to practice and their spring game. They say they liked my film and like the way I play. They like how I am aggressive and thought I was impressive for a first year varsity starter."
Northern Illinois-" They have been sending me mail and coach said they just saw my game film and will be in touch and hoping I can make it out there."
Watson, who was the leading tackler last season for South with 92 tackles and 2 sacks, said that he is starting to receive interest from Kansas State, Kansas and Iowa, and that he would like to hear from schools such as TCU, Texas and Texas Tech in the Big 12.
The big linebacker plans on making trips this spring to Missouri, Oklahoma, Tulsa and Colorado State and said that he would like to major in sports medicine or physical education so he can coach someday.
Josh also competes in track in the throwing events and self reports some outstanding numbers on his lifts, including 365lbs in the bench press, 600lbs in his squat max and a power clean of 315lbs.
He also scored among the top 7 overall at the New Orleans NIKE combine in February.
" I feel that I read offenses very well and have good vision. I engage offensive lineman and can shed blocks and make plays. I have good overall lateral movement and use good pad level on tackles. And I am good in my drops on pass plays. I will continue to work on improving my quickness and tweaking things to keep improving overall, " said Watson when asked to describe his strengths and weaknesses.