This summer, Watson, a 6-foot-3, 225-pounder from Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln, has only unofficially visited Maryland for the Terrapins' camp. If he gets down to Chapel Hill before the start of his senior football season, that will be his last trip before taking his five allotted official visits.
With a decision likely to come in September or November, Watson has already established a listing of the five schools he plans to officially visit and the Tar Heels are among them.
"Yeah, North Carolina is up there still," said Watson. "It's Maryland, North Carolina, Florida State, USC, and Rutgers. That's probably the final five, right now; but it could still change."
The biggest factor working in the Tar Heels' favor is the verbal commitment from fellow New Yorker Mike Paulus.
"They [received a commitment from] Mike Paulus – they'll have a quarterback for four years that I like," said Watson.
In addition to admiring Paulus' on the field skills, Watson has also developed a solid friendship with the Scout.com four-star quarterback.
"That's my boy, that's my boy," said Watson, referring to Paulus. "We talk once a week, twice a week. We talk about Carolina, the top prospects in the country, who's committing here, who's going there."
Watson also considers his primary recruiter, Dave Brock, his "boy."
"I speak to Coach Brock, that's my boy," said Watson. "I talk to him once a week when I'm free. We just talk about regular stuff, like football, basketball, how it was like when he was at Hofstra, how it is down there, stuff like that."
Watson is currently the 42nd-ranked recruit and fifth ranked wide receiver in the nation by Scout.com.
During his junior season, Watson caught 53 passes for more than 850 yards and scored 11 touchdowns. He was named to the all-city team for his accomplishments.