The NC State coaching staff has nearly closed out the recruiting class of 2009 but not before landing a huge commitment from Rock Hill (SC) TE Asa Watson. The 6-4, 200 pounder was in Raleigh this past weekend and made his decision official after returning home. Pack Pride talked with Watson and got the lowdown on his commitment in this Q&A.
Asa, talk about your commitment to NC State this weekend and what led to your decision.
It just seemed like everything was right. I talked to the players and really had a good time. Russell (Wilson) was great and he was just a great guy. Sterling Lucas was cool too and they just told me how they made their decisions. I went home and prayed about it and talked to my parents. That’s the best place for me and that’s where I’m going.
Did Russell host you on your visit?
Sterling Lucas actually hosted me but me and Russell Wilson spent some time together, too.
Did anyone else come up with you on your visit?
My parents and my little brother came up with me.
What were their thoughts on NC State?
My little brother actually knew I was going to pick State. I told him how much I liked it and everything so he knew I was going to go to NC State so he was really excited. But my parents, they liked it and everybody enjoyed it.
Tight ends coach Jim Bridge was your recruiting coach. What kind of job did he do recruiting you?
Coach Bridge did a really good job. When we had our meetings the other day he really showed me how the tight ends work and the history with all the tight ends and told me how much it’s paid off. Him and coach Bible did a good job of showing me how I would fit in to the system and what their plans are. I was really impressed with their goals and where they want to go and I just want to be a part of it.
State was able to turn it around late in the season. Did that play any role at all in your decision?
Yeah, I noticed that but it wasn’t what really made me decide. It was more how comfortable I felt around the players and how I saw myself fitting in. That was what really helped me to decide. You know, next year is all you can look forward to and you can’t think about last year because it’s done and gone.
At this point are you done with recruiting or are you planning anymore visits?
No, I’m not taking anymore visits.
How was the recruiting process for you? Some players seem to have a tough time with it while others appear to love it.
I mean, it really was kind of stressful at times because of just getting all the calls from coaches and I didn’t have much time to think on my own. It was also a lot of pressure from people always asking you where you’re going and you have to tell them you don’t know. That kind of annoyed me but I’m glad I can give a definite answer now.
Did you know State was your team prior to this weekend?
No, I didn’t know until this weekend.
What kind of vibe did you get from the players already on the team?
They’re just good people and they have really bought into the system. I mean, I did too. What they’re doing in the weight room and they don’t do it like anyone else. I just want to be a part of it.
As a senior, Watson had 18 catches for 400 yards en route to being selected to the Shrine Bowl. He is rated a four-star prospect and the No. 10 tight end in the nation by Scout.com.