With offers on the table from NC State, Maryland, Vanderbilt, Duke, Buffalo and Furman, Rock Hill (SC) tight end Asa Watson has quietly emerged as one of the south’s top tight ends.
Primarily used as a blocking tight end as a junior, Watson has moved to wide receiver in 2008 and become a huge part of Rock Hill’s resurgence. At 6-3, 210 pounds and boasting 4.6-second speed in the 40-yard dash, he is a physical presence and a handful for opposing defensive backs.
“My season has been going pretty good,” said Watson. “I had a 99-yard touchdown the other night. Last year we were 4-8 and this year we’re 5-1 so far.
“We’ve improved a lot. I’m a lot more involved in the passing game this year. I’ve got more passes than I had the whole season last year in just a few games. I think I have 13 receptions for about 350 yards.”
Despite his impressive numbers thus far, Watson said he has not added any new offers through the first six weeks of the 2008 season. While focused primarily on putting together a successful senior campaign, he has had the opportunity to take a couple of unofficial visits over the past two weekends.
“I haven’t received any new offers but I guess it’ll pick up at the end of the year. I visited NC State and I went to Duke the week before on an unofficial visit.
“I liked it at NC State. They have really nice facilities. The coaches seem to have it headed in the right direction. I like the players there and it just left a good overall impression.”
NC State tight end’s coach Jim Bridge is heading up the senior’s recruiting and it doesn’t hurt that he could potentially be Watson’s future position coach as well.
“Coach Bridge is recruiting me and he’s also the tight end’s coach,” he said. “I’ve got to know him a lot better and I think that’ll help me whenever I choose where I want to go. I got to talk to the head coach before the game so I feel like I’m a priority for them.”
Watson enjoyed his visit to Duke as well.
“It was very impressive. They beat Virginia when I went and they seem to be going in the right direction. I like the coaching staff, the players and it’s a lot more exciting than when my brother went there. It seems more like a football school now.”
With much of his focus on his senior season, Watson isn’t in a rush to make a final decision on his future college. He says that will likely come after he’s had the opportunity to take a few more visits.
“I don’t really have a time frame to make a decision. I think I want to wait until after I take my official visits. I want to get a feel for the overall campus life and not just the facilities and football.”
So who is in the best position to land those official visits?
“My top four would be NC State, Duke, Maryland and Vanderbilt. I plan to take official visits to those four. I guess they’re pretty much equal but I do like NC State and Maryland.”
Watson projects as an academic qualifier and is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 50 tight end in the nation by Scout.com.