'They Have A Really Good Program'

Before April, Dekoda Watson was a relative unknown on the recruiting scene. After a few solid combine performances, the Aiken (S.C.) South product is sitting with two division I-A offers and the attention of countless coaching staffs.

Before April, Dekoda Watson was a relative unknown on the recruiting scene. After a few solid combine performances, the Aiken (S.C.) South product is sitting with two division I-A offers and the attention of countless coaching staffs.

"I have four offers – the University of Kentucky, the University of North Carolina, Coastal Carolina and Newberry," said Watson. "They came a couple weeks after the Duke [Scout.com All-American] combine."

After measuring in at 6-foot-2 and 209 pounds, Watson vertically jumped 37-inches, ran a 4.77-second 40-yard dash, and a 4.53-second 20-yard shuttle during that combine.

Somewhat surprising, none of the offering schools find themselves on Watson's favorites list.

"I like Georgia and Tennessee; and North Carolina State I'm starting to show some interest with them," said Watson. "I would say Georgia is my leader right now.

"Really, the main thing I like about Georgia is the education. I also like the atmosphere there when I visited there and they have a good football program.

"N.C. State, they have a really good program, plus its close to home – I'm looking to stay close to home. I don't really know much about them, but I know how they play.

"Definitely with Tennessee they have the biggest stadium. I like the way they run their program, too. But I have never visited the school, so all I know is what I see on TV."

Although Watson is pretty comfortable with the Bulldogs, he would hold back on a verbal commitment if Georgia came through with an offer. With Athens being the only campus he has unofficially visited, Watson realizes he lacks enough knowledge of other schools to make any sort of decision.

Another item Watson is lacking knowledge of is the position he will be play at the next level.

"A lot of colleges are looking at me as an outside linebacker," said Watson. "Coach [Jon] Fabris was just on the phone with me talking about how I need to work on my feet and stuff. I never really played linebacker before so I don't know what to expect."

To help with the conversion to linebacker, Watson will move to linebacker next season for South Aiken. Last season, from his defensive end position Watson recorded a jaw dropping 102 tackles including 29 for a loss and 18 sacks!

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