Watson Relishing Spotlight

CHATHAM, Va. --- In just a few months, Josh Watson has gone from virtually anonymous to being heavily recruited.

"It's an honor," Watson said. "It's also overwhelming, at some point. When you're trying to get some sleep at night and the phone keeps ringing.

"But I take it in stride – it comes with the territory. I thank everyone who calls me – whoever calls me. I had nothing last year, so anybody that talks to me I'm definitely willing to give them my time."

Watson, a 6-foot-3, 285-pound defensive lineman, came out of Wilmington (Del.) Dickinson High School qualified but unknown. Thus, he prepped this fall at Hargrave Military Academy in hopes of landing Division I scholarship offers.

The move proved fruitful for Watson. Since enrolling at Hargrave, he has collected scholarship offers from Boston College, Clemson, Connecticut, Duke, Florida State, Kent State, North Carolina, NC State, Syracuse, and Virginia.

"It's a blessing," Watson said. "[Prepping at Hargrave is] the best decision of my life. I don't regret anything about it at all. The military life stuff – it's all worth it."

Watson is in the middle of taking official visits. He has already made trips to Boston College and Duke, and has a visit scheduled to Clemson this coming weekend and UNC the following weekend.

The official visits have already aided Watson in narrowing down his focus.

"I told Boston College I wasn't coming there, so really it's down to [North] Carolina, Clemson, and Duke," Watson said. "They are the first schools to show me interest and have recruited me hard since. They all have shown me a lot of love.

With one more official visit remaining, Watson is still welcoming new inquiries.

"I'm still looking around here," Watson said. "I have a couple good schools [that I'm interested in]. I have another visit and I might take one mid-week sometime if the school is really interested and they offer me."

Watson, who doesn't claim a leader, will enroll at his chosen school in January. Therefore, he aims to make a decision sometime around Christmas.

"I'm looking for comfort with the players [and] camaraderie with the coaches," Watson said. "Big stadiums aren't a big deal to me – every field is 100 yards. I'm not focused on facilities either – I've lifted in weight rooms smaller than classrooms. I just want to be somewhere where I'm going to be taken care of."

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