Rutgers Increases Interest In South Fla. DT

Booker T. Washington (Miami) defensive tackle Elkino Watson performed well at the Rutgers camp in June, and now is being recruited hard by the Scarlet Knights. The 6-foot-3, 275-pound Watson told he does not hold a Rutgers offer, but believes one could be coming. He talked about the Scarlet Knight, and whether he would take an official visit to see the school again.

Since performing well at Rutgers' camp in late June, the Scarlet Knights' interest in Booker T. Washington High (Miami) defensive tackle Elkino Watson has sky-rocketed.

So much so the 6-foot-3, 275-pound Watson said Rutgers is recruiting him very hard, and he plans on making another trip to New Jersey, this time for an official visit.

Watson holds double digits offers, and but the Scarlet Knights have to send one his way. "I think I will get one," Watson said. "I think they will be sending it out soon."

Watson acknowledged he doesn't know too much about the Scarlet Knights, but did say, "I know they have a great football program."

However, if he wants to learn more before he takes an official visit, he can check in with friend and former teammate Gareef Glasen, now a freshman cornerback at Rutgers.

Glashen and Watson played at Miami Carol City High last season, but Watson transferred to Booker T. Washington.

"I talked to him when I was at Rutgers a little bit," Watson said. "The camp was a great experience to see what the campus is like. I had a great time at their camp. I saw some of the campus. It's pretty big."

Among the schools to offer Watson are Duke, Georgia Tech, Florida International, Louisville, Marshall, Middle Tennessee State, Minnesota, South Florida and Central Florida.

But there is only one school he knows for sure he will officially visit.

"I know I'm going to set up an official visit to Rutgers soon and I look forward to that," Watson said. "I'd like to visit all my top schools. Probably about the sixth game (of the season) I'll start trimming it down."

On the field, Elkino is versatile. He plays several different positions along the interior of the defensive line.

"I play 3-technique, nose guard and the 1 (technique)," Watson said. "I'm pretty comfortable with all of them, but I like the 3-technique better because I don't have to worry about the double team as much."

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