Watson offered by Boilermakers

Purdue offered East St. Louis (Ill.) linebacker Kyron Watson. The highly-touted prospect discusses the offer and his recruitment in this Boiler Sports Report recruiting update.

Kyron Watson had a breakout junior season. The East St. Louis (Ill.) linebacker posted 142 tackles, five sacks and three interceptions on the season. That has led him to five scholarship offers, including the one coming from Purdue on Tuesday.

The recruiting process has been rewarding for Watson to this point, but he's trying to balance the logistics with continued work.

"It can be a burden," Watson said of the recruiting process. "You still have got to work hard. This is just the beginning of what you've got to do. There's still a lot of work. I'm still working my hardest every day to just get better and do better than what I did last year."

The offer from Purdue joins those from Illinois, Kansas, Missouri and Syracuse. He's also getting serious looks from Michigan State, Ohio State and others.

"It really feels good, because all this stuff is coming new to me," said Watson. "I've been getting a lot of looks lately. I'm just getting used to it." "They really like my highlight tape," said Watson. "They really want me to be a part of the Purdue family."

Freeman also emphasized the importance of getting Watson on campus for an unofficial visit—preferably during spring drills. The Boilermakers begin practicing on March 19 and Watson hopes to tour campus.

"They just want me to come up there and meet the whole coaching staff and show me how things go at Purdue—academically and athletically," Watson said.

Watson will also visit Illinois this weekend for its Junior Day event, and will visit Ohio State later this month. Each visit offers an important glance at how each program works.

"I really want to see how everything operates," he said. "How the school revolves around academics and the athletic department; how it's all ran—the stuff other than football."

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats, and currently covers the Purdue Boilermakers. A Chicago native, he resides in West Lafayette.
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