RECRUITING: New Orleans duo considering OU

Dominant New Orleans defensive linemen Carnell Stewart and Ryan Watson talk about their interest in OU


JH: How is your season going?

CS: "We are 8-0 and I am having a real good season. I have one fumble recovery and 14 sacks thus far this season. I am not sure on the tackles, but I must have about 10 a game."

JH: What is it like to play with another D-1 prospect on the D-line?

CS: "It is good because people think they need to double or triple team me and they get burned because Ryan Watson our defensive end burns them. It is great to play with other D-1 talent on our defensive line."

JH: Will you play defensive tackle in college?

CS: "In college I think I will move to defensive end. I weigh 299, but I run the forty in 4.7 and I feel I have the speed and quickness to play defensive end in college. Defensive end is where a lot of colleges are recruiting me."

JH: Have you set any visits at this time?

CS: "I am going to Colorado (12-13), Miami (1-24) and Florida (1-13). Ryan and I are taking the same visits, because we both plan on going to the same school. I don't know who will get my other two visits, but I am still looking. I am considering USC, Illinois, Ohio State, Michigan, Purdue, Nebraska, Iowa, Iowa State, Texas, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Virginia Tech for the final two."

JH: Are you thinking about Oklahoma at all?

CS: "Oklahoma is playing real well and to be honest I feel they are a great team this season. I didn't feel that Oklahoma was going to be that good in the Big 12 this year because I felt that Colorado was the best team. Oklahoma has proved me wrong thus far. I have real strong feelings about Oklahoma."

JH: Do you think you will take one of your final two visits to OU?

CS: "I think I will visit Oklahoma, but I am just trying to make sure on the final two. I don't have a favorite school right now, so I may not have a visit set with the school that I will eventually sign with."


Defensive tackles who can move are worth their weight in gold and Watson has emerged on the recruiting scene like a ton of the precious stuff.

Watson is a two-year starter and is steadily moving up the recruiting charts. A year ago Watson finished with 80 tackles and 16 sacks, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. This season through eight games, Watson has 12 sacks, 35 solo tackles and 90 total tackles. He has also forced two fumbles and recovered two.

Watson can bench 415 pounds, squats 600 pounds and he posted a 29-inch vertical jump this past summer. Watson went to the defensive linemen camp at Georgia Tech this past summer and did well. Watson teams with Carnel Stewart to form one of the top defensive lines in Louisiana.

"It is nice to play with such a good player," said Watson. "We make each others job easier, because if one of us misses out on a tackle the other with make up for it."

Watson likes Miami, USC, Colorado, Florida, Nebraska, LSU, Georgia Tech and Oklahoma.

"I don't have any favorites at this time," said Watson. "All of those schools have offered me and I have set a visit to Colorado (12-13), Florida (1-10) and LSU (1-31). I have also set a visit to Miami, but I can't remember the date. I don't know who my fifth visit will be, but it might be Oklahoma. Oklahoma is playing hard and they are a great team."

Watson is still looking to qualify.

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