Watson a prize for Purdue

Purdue is steady in its push for four-star point guard Glynn Watson. Boiler Sports Report offers the details in his recruitment.

MEQUON, Wis. -- Glynn Watson's first offer remains his only offer—for now. Back in October, coach Matt Painter took a chance on the young point guard and extended a scholarship offer. It was certainly a risk worth taking.

Just a rising junior, Watson's name is likely to keep rising. The four-star prospect has received interest from all over the Big Ten. He surely benefits from playing with the heralded Illinois Wolves program.

"It brings a lot of exposure," Watson said. "There are a lot of coaches at our games. They can see all of our guys play."

When Watson's squad took the court on Thursday night at the NY2LA Summer Jam event, there were college coaches from many high-major schools watching. He couldn't help but to notice.

"I like it, but it's a lot of pressure, too," said Watson. "You've got to play to your potential, play to the hype."

Watson has received interest from several schools, including DePaul, Illinois, Indiana, Marquette and Xavier. Still, Watson's first offer gives the Boilermakers a big advantage in his recruitment.

"It feels pretty good to have that; to see that they notice me first and see that I'm a good player," said Watson.

While Watson's recruitment continues to pick up, he still wants to learn more about Purdue. He'll do so on an August visit to West Lafayette.

"It's a good school," Watson said when asked about Purdue. "They're bouncing back from a bad year and trying to get good players to their school to make their school better. I like their coaching staff. It's a good school."

In addition to the visit at Purdue, Watson will also tour the campuses of Illinois, Michigan State and Minnesota—all schools which have watched him closely during the July open-evaluation periods.

If Watson can keep improving his game, Purdue won't be his only offer anymore.

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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