Watson Heading to UNC Next Weekend

For much of the summer, Lansford Watson and his head coach have tried to work out the kinks of a possible trip to North Carolina. Finally, plans are aligned and Watson will be heading down to Chapel Hill this coming weekend.

"I'm hyped, I'm real exited," said Watson. "I'm leaving on Friday. Me and my coach are going to go down there to see how it looks. Hopefully I get a feel for the school."

Watson, a 6-foot-3 225-pound jumbo athlete from Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln, hopes to arrive in Chapel Hill in time for the first session of the Tar Heels' individual rising senior camp on Friday. He will then leave on Sunday.

"I think I'll be in time for the camp, but I don't know if I'll be participating in the camp; it's up to my coach," said Watson. "The coaches down there told me not to participate, but I told my coach I wanted to participate because I didn't want to go down there and everybody think I'm a punk from New York."

Besides being perceived as a "punk," Watson's desire to participate also includes the chance to catch passes from North Carolina verbal commit and friend Mike Paulus.

"I'd like to [catch passes from Paulus], a lot," said Watson. "He knows I'm going to be down there. He's real excited. He wants to see me. I want to see him, too, and all the top players in the country that's supposed to be down there."

After visiting Chapel Hill, Watson will be finished with taking unofficial visits and move on to his official visits – if deemed necessary.

"I'll take official visits unless I commit early," said Watson. "Right now, it looks like I could commit early, but I'm going to checkout North Carolina to see how everything looks down there."

Watson, who could commit as early as August, claims the only other school he has visited as his leader.

"I'm real happy with Maryland, a lot," said Watson. "As of right now, they are my leader."

If Watson decides to take his five allotted official trips, UNC as well as Florida State, Maryland, Rutgers, and Southern Cal will receive a visit.

Come decision time – whenever that is – Watson will be focusing on two factors.

"The academics is big [and] how far is the school from where my family stays at," said Watson. "Those are two major [factors] for me right there."

According to Watson, Chapel Hill is not too far from his family.

With his frame and athlete ability, Watson could play multiple positions at the next level. The Tar Heels' coaching staff would like to keep him at wide receiver using his size to create huge mismatches.

"[They want me] as a receiver," said Watson. "They said I can be like T.O. [Terrell Owens] – a big wide out that dominates with his size."

A Scout.com five-star prospect, 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.

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