Purdue pushing for Watson

Purdue continues to push for rising junior point guard Glynn Watson, an under-recruited prospect. Boiler Sports Report updates his recruitment.

It caught Glynn Watson by surprise when Purdue's Matt Painter pulled him aside before the Boilermakers' Midnight Madness event last October. The head coach extended Watson his first scholarship offer. That's still fresh on his mind.

"It means a lot," said Watson of the Purdue offer. "My recruitment has expanded to a lot of schools, because I had a good spring. I'm still open and looking at other schools, but it still means a lot to me."

Watson, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound point guard, still has one offer under his belt. Purdue was the first identify the St. Joseph (Ill.) High School product as a potential breakout player.

Since then, Watson has seen his recruitment grow. Schools like DePaul, Illinois, Indiana, Marquette, and Xavier have begun to show interest. The Boilermakers continue to recruit Watson the hardest.

"It was my first offer, and they're the school that's looking at me the most," Watson said of Purdue.

Coach Jack Owens has led Purdue's recruitment of the point guard, building a close relationship with him. When the open-contact period began on Saturday, Owens was one of the first phone calls for Watson.

"It's a good relationship," Watson said. "They've been coming at me hard, so they're going to talk to me the most. They want me to come there."

While it all comes back to Purdue being the first for Watson, he has a strong feeling about what the program offers.

"They've got a great history of basketball, the academics are pretty good, and it's a great school," he said.

While Watson holds just one offer, that will change if his performance during the July evaluation period resembles his spring play. That interest could turn into offers very quickly.

"It could be very big for me," he said. "If I'm doing well and keep getting better, I can show [coaches] that I can play at that level. Other schools will open up in my recruitment. It's a pretty big July coming up for me."

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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