Watson: 'I Loved it Down There'

One of the most important prospects in attendance for North Carolina's rising senior camp this past weekend was Scout.com five-star wideout Lansford Watson. The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder left Chapel Hill very impressed.

"I loved it down there, it was nice," said Watson. "I was so impressed. [It was] just the environment – the football atmosphere.

"I learned a lot about down there. I just like the environment a lot down there. They say so much, you just have to feel it yourself to believe it. When I went down there I was impressed – I didn't want to leave, truthfully."

Watson hardly worked out during the camp, but spent a lot of time with players in attendance including members of the Tar Heels' commitment list.

"I just chilled and got to talk to some of the players up there – some of the recruits they have coming in," said Watson. "You know [Ryan] Houston, Dwight Jones, Mike Paulus; talked to them, see why they committed there.

"What they were telling me, I felt the same way. That's a big thing."

One of the verbal commits in Watson's ear the most was – not surprisingly – Mike Paulus.

"He was just talking to me about just coming down there – that's all," said Watson. "New York-New York [passing connection], that's what he was telling me."

Watson, who is being recruited as a wide receiver unless he grows into a tight end, also conversed with offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti and wide receiver coach/primary recruiter Dave Brock.

"They were just talking to me on football terms," said Watson. "Like offensively, how I can produce there and everything I can do there."

Before the trip, Watson listed Maryland – the only other school he has visited – as his leader. After his Chapel Hill stay, UNC minimized the gap, but haven't fully unseated the Terrapins.

"Right now, Maryland is still up there – I like Maryland a lot," said Watson. "North Carolina is coming up – they are a close second.

"I love [Maryland's] offense and their football environment and they're not too far from home; my family can come down and watch – so is North Carolina. It's just something in my mind. I love the coaches – I'm cool with every one of the coaches."

In addition to UNC and Maryland, Watson is considering Florida, Miami, and Southern Cal – all have offered.

Watson expects to make his final decision in late August/early September. Before announcing, Watson plans to take a few other unofficial visits, but isn't sure of the destinations. He will then talk about his choices with his coach and mother.

According to Scout.com, Watson is currently the 42nd-ranked recruit and fifth ranked wide receiver in the nation.

During his junior season at Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln High School, 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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