UNC Offers Hargrave DT

CHATHAM, Va. --- Josh Watson decided to prep at Hargrave Military Academy in hopes of landing Division I scholarship offers. His first offer arrived two weeks ago from North Carolina.

"I was shocked," Watson said. "I didn't get anything out of high school, so to have a big school like that offer me is huge to me. So I'm definitely going to be taking a visit up there to see what the atmosphere is like."

Additionally, Connecticut, Kent State, Syracuse, and Virginia have since offered Watson as well.

A 6-foot-3, 285-pound defensive tackle, Watson played high school ball at Wilmington (Del.) Dickinson.

"I didn't have any offers coming out," Watson said. "A lot of coaches said I was lazy and took plays off – which I did. So I took that into my training, worked as hard as I could and tried to get some offers."

Now holding a handful of offers, Watson says the decision to come to Hargrave has paid off.

"I've been working hard in practice and Coach ‘P' [Robert Prunty] put out the word for me," Watson said.

Watson admits he's been blown away by the recent college attention. Thus, he finds it difficult to name favorites.

"I'm just going to play it," Watson said. "I want to check out some schools – check out the academics, the environment. It's not just all about football with me. I want to be comfortable for four years at the university."

Watson plans to take all five of his official visits. However, he only knows the destinations of two trips – Connecticut and UNC.

Due to his hectic schedule, Watson hasn't had an opportunity to contact the UNC coaches. He said he hopes to find time this week, but if he doesn't he will definitely speak to them when Hargrave travels to Chapel Hill to play UNC's JV squad later this month.

Watson plans to make a verbal commitment during Thanksgiving with his family.

"My family has supported me the whole time when no one else did," Watson said. "So I think it's important to tell them before I tell anyone else."

Already academically qualified, Watson will be eligible to enroll in college in January.

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