Combine MVP High on Lions

After more than 200 participants flowed into the practice facility at Rutgers Sunday for the Scout.Com All-American Combine, there were two athletes who stood out. And the player who took home MVP honors is listing the Nittany Lions near the top of his short list.

Lansford Watson and Anthony Davis were outstanding at the combine, but Watson tested in all the events so he gets the slight nod over Davis as the MVP.

Watson, a 6-foot-3, 226-pounder from Abraham Lincoln High in Brooklyn, N.Y., wowed onlookers when he ran a 4.69 40-yard dash, 4.28 shuttle and a 7.82 L-cone. He the posted a 9-0 standing broad jump and a 34.5-inch vertical.

During the one-on-one competition, the unassuming Watson took control. Using his superior size and athleticism, he called to mind a thicker Vidal Hazelton.

Watson was thrilled upon hearing that he had been chosen as the combine’s MVP].

“It feels good; I went out and proved myself,” Watson said. “I proved that I am one of the best and I represented my city. I showed that New York has players and we should be respected. I am glad I had a chance too prove that.”

Watson came away impressed with the combine as a whole.

“I just felt really comfortable there, the coaches and players all helped each other,” Watson explained. “Everyone was working toward a goal. The top players in the area were here; the weather kept a few away. I had a few recruiting guys trying to tell me not to come and I should only go to another combine, but I am glad I came here.”

Watson received an offer from Miami the day after the combine, giving him 14 so far.

As far as favorites go, the always politically correct and charismatic Watson stated: "I'm still open. But if I were to pick five I'd say Rutgers, Syracuse, Maryland, Penn State and Pittsburgh. I also like North Carolina. My coach likes them and they play in a pretty good conference."

Click the link below to listen to a post-combine interview with Lansford Watson.


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