The Rams of Grayson High School are not only one of the best high school programs in the state of Georgia, but in the entire country. Last year they finished their season with a 14-1 record and a #6 ranking in the final MaxPreps national poll, their only blemish coming at the hands of Florida’s IMG Academy.
Their success has understandably caught the eye of college coaches from across the nation, including Gary Andersen’s Oregon State program. On Tuesday, Coach Andersen sent his running back coach, and ace recruiter, Telly Lockette, to Loganville to issue some good news to several members of the Rams program.
Coach Lockette extended offers to six players from the Grayson program, all part of the 2019 recruiting class. Trente Jones, Wanya Morris (a Florida State commit), Kevin Harris, Jalen Alexander, Ronald Thompkins and Kenyatta Watson (a Florida State commit), all now have the opportunity to be a part of Beaver Nation.
BeaverBlitz caught up with Watson to get his thoughts on his recruitment and where this placed Oregon State moving forward. Despite making an early commitment to the Seminoles, the 6-foot-2 safety prospect seems to have not shut the door on other programs continuing to recruit him.
“Even though I just committed to Florida State, I understand that I still have a ways to go in my recruitment and I am open to hearing from new programs,” Watson told BeaverBlitz.
Watson claims offers from Vanderbilt, Tulane, Tennessee, Syracuse, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Massachusetts, Maryland, LSU, Ole Miss, Cincinnati, Central Michigan, and Boston College, in addition to the Beavers and Seminoles. While that is already quite the impressive offer list, the Oregon State offer is one that holds some weight moving forward.
“With Oregon State, they’re actually my first offer from a Pac-12 program, so that is big. I know a lot of people that have gone through there, and some friends that I kind of grew up with that are there now. I’m originally from Boston but I grew up in Deerfield Beach, Florida. So I know some of the Miami guys.”
With some familiar faces already at Oregon State, the Beavers now give Watson the opportunity to play alongside some of his fellow Grayson teammates. That appears to be a big draw for him and is something that he would like to do at the college level.
“I’ve always wanted to play with some of the guys here. We’ve been playing alongside one another for a long time now and I would like to have the opportunity for that to continue after high school.”
While there is a long ways to go before Signing Day 2019, Kenyatta Watson will have a lot to think about before making his final decision on where he will play his college ball.