Watson Eyes the Lions

Junior wideout from New York is set to attend a Penn State junior day. See what other schools have caught his interest.

Lansford Watson, a talented wide receiver from Abraham Lincoln High in Brooklyn, N.Y., will be one of the most highly sought after recruits in the Northeast this year. He has already picked up some major D-I offers, according to his coach.

“Lansford has offers from Syracuse, Rutgers, Connecticut, West Virginia and North Carolina. He is also receiving a lot of interest from most of the other Division I programs,” Lincoln coach Shaun O’Connor said.

At 6-foot-4, 217 pounds, Watson considers himself to be a reliable receiver who can make the tough catch.

“I would definitely consider myself a possession receiver,” he said. “I would probably compare my game on the field to a Terrell Owens, Chad Johnson or Hines Ward. I want to try to make the difficult catches and I consider myself as that type of player.”

O’Connor had similar thoughts on what he sees out of Watson on the field.

“He has great hands and good speed for a receiver with his size,” the coach said. “He runs excellent routes and does not drop a ball. We had Nyan Boateng here a couple of years ago, and although he is a different type of player than Nyan, he is just as effective.”

Watson has already toured some campuses on unofficial visits and he plans to take in as many junior days as possible so he can see more of what the campuses have to offer.

“I have seen schools like Syracuse, UConn, Rutgers and West Virginia over the last year,” Watson said. “I liked those trips a lot. It was a nice opportunity to go out and see that.”

“I will be visiting Penn State next weekend for a junior day. I am very excited about that trip,” he said. “I am also planning on trying to make it to junior days at Maryland, Rutgers, Syracuse and Duke.”

Watson also considers himself lucky to have some positive influences in his life, people who have helped to make him a better player.

“I am thankful that I have has some great people helping me to become a good football player,” he reported. “Coach Richardson, our wide receivers coach, has helped me out with my skills there. And coach O’Connor has always been there for me on or off the field.

“I also look up to Nyan Boateng. When I was a young player, he taught me to keep my head in the books and to give it your all on the field. He always helped to motivate me to be a good player.”

Watson considers Syracuse, Rutgers, Penn State, Notre Dame, Maryland, West Virginia, UConn and Duke to be the early leaders for his services. But he is 100 percent open to all schools at this point in his recruitment.

As a junior, Watson hauled in 53 catches for about 850 yards and scored 11 touchdowns.

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