Watson looks forward to playing with brother

On National Signing Day, Navy got two players from Atascocita High School in Humble, Texas, running back Elijah Merchant and his brother, quarterback Eric Watson. GoMids.com caught up with Watson on his decision to play quarterback in Annapolis for Coach Ivin Jasper and his prep career in the Greater Houston area.

On National Signing Day, Navy got two players from Atascocita High School in Humble, Texas, running back Elijah Merchant and his brother, quarterback Eric Watson. Go Mids.com caught up with Watson on his decision to play quarterback in Annapolis for Coach Ivin Jasper and his prep career in the Greater Houston area.

"It was Coach Danny O'Rourke who first started recruiting me last spring," Watson said on Navy's initial interest. "They started recruiting me heavier in December. The Saturday of my official visit the first weekend in February is when they officially offered me. They said they just liked what they saw of me as a football player, especially my versatility. They think I'll be a good fit in what they on on offense and so do I. It didn't take me long to commit. I had an offer from Army, but I knew that's where I wanted to be.

"I fell in love with the campus on my visit. It's so nice there and you see these great, beautiful buildings and feel so much of the history of the Academy. The benefits were too good to pass up. I made a list of pros and cons and they're weren't too many cons, but plenty of positives. I'm going to receive a top of the line education and have the chance to compete in Division 1 football. I enjoyed all of the coaches. I liked Coach Jasper and what he brings to the table as far as grooming his quarterbacks. It's great being able to continue to play with my brother. We've played together so long now that it would be difficult not to be on the same team. I think I made a wise decision."

Watson, 5-foot-10, 205-pounds, took over the starting job at Atascocita as a senior. He lead the Eagles in the shotgun spread offense to a 5-5 record in a highly competitive district in Texas 5A football.

"We had a new head coach this year so we were doing a lot of new things on offense," he explained. "Mostly, I felt like I improved in my decision making. I knew when to tuck and run instead of trying to force the ball into coverage. I think my game awareness significantly improved as the season went on. As a senior, I think I showed a lot of maturity as a leader. I hope I can bring a lot of that with me at Navy as they prepare me to be a leader and successful on and off the field."

After graduation, Watson will start out at NAPS. He reports a 40-yard dash time a shade under 4.7, a 31" vertical leap, and 415 squat max. Watson also lettered in track & field at Atascocita.

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