The recruiting process has been long and filled with difficult decisions for tight end Asa Watson, but the 6-4, 200 pound prospect from the Palmetto State has made a lot of progress towards his final choice.
Watson had a strong season for Rock Hill this fall, culminating in his selection to the Shrine Bowl which will be played tomorrow in Spartanburg. He spoke with Pack Pride about how his year went and how the recruiting process is going.
"The season went pretty good. The past two years we were 6-7 and 4-8 but this year we wound up being 11-3. We had a big turnaround," he recalled.
"This year we put in a whole new offense. We had great leadership and the defense was strong. We did a lot of work in the off-season and we had a lot of speed. That speed really carried us. We definitely weren't the biggest team but the bigger teams couldn't keep up with us."
On the year Watson had 18 catches for 400 yards. He did not line up on defense for Rock Hill, but every school is recruiting him as a tight end anyways.
Watson said he enjoyed his visit to Duke recently and is looking forward to two more official visits during the month of January.
"I'm going to be visiting NC State on the weekend of January 15 through the 17," he said. "I really like the school (NC State) and the facilities. They want to use me as an H-Back, I guess. I like the coaches and everything. I'm just ready to get there and see what it's actually like. I haven't had a chance to do that yet.”
NC State has had Watson at the top of their tight end board for months and he’s been a major target for his lead recruiter, Wolfpack tight end’s coach Jim Bridge.
"My recruiting coach is Coach Bridge. He calls and we talk a lot. He was actually at the school this past Wednesday and came to my house too."
In addition to State, Watson has one additional visit on his schedule so far.
"I'm going to take an official visit to Maryland in January, too."
Watson said he has narrowed his list to NC State, Maryland and Duke. He does not have a set date for making his decision.
He is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 46 tight end in the nation by Scout.com.