Watson with offers and early favorites

This Junior from NY already holds just under a half dozen scholarship offers. Is Rutgers one of the schools to extend an early offer?

Although the boroughs of New York don't get a lot of respect as major producers of top flight football talent, it's hard to argue with what it has to offer. Each year we see more talent coming from the five boroughs, including two U.S. Army All-Americans in Nyan Boateng and Vidal Hazelton. Lansford Watson could complete the trifecta.

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, and he has already picked up some major division one 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 one programs," Lincoln Head Coach Shaun O'Connor said.

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

"I would definitely consider myself a possession receiver. 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."

Coach 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. 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," Coach O'Connor explained of Watson's strengths.

Watson has already toured some campuses on un-official visits, but 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," Lansford 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 that 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. Coach Richardson our wide receiver 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% open to all schools at this point in his recruitment.

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

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