Chi-Town Steals

San Diego State wide receivers coach Osia Lewis dug into the Midwest this year and stole a pair of prospects from the Big Ten in Chicago (Ill.) Hales Franciscan teammates Joe Morrow and Jordan Watson...

San Diego State wide receivers coach Osia Lewis dug into the Midwest this year and stole a pair of prospects from the Big Ten in Chicago (Ill.) Hales Franciscan teammates Joe Morrow and Jordan Watson.

"Joe (Morrow) is a very fast football player," Midwest Recruiting Analyst Allen Trieu said of Morrow. "He has pure speed. He has the ability to project on either side of the ball. He could be a defensive back or he could be a wide receiver.

"He's been really good with the ball in his hands throughout his career. He can contribute as a return guy as well. That speed and open field ability is what makes him special. In addition he's a big kid for being that fast."

Treiu sees the 6-foot-2, 195-pound athlete more as a playmaking wide receiver than an effective defensive player.

"I think as good as he is with the ball in his hands, he is better suited for offense," Trieu said. "Needs wise that depends on what they have coming into the class. Right now he's more of an offensive guy."

What sort of wide receiver could the three-star prospect be for the Aztecs?

"I think he'll eventually transition into more of an outside guy," Trieu added. "He may be a slot guy at first but the fact that he's fast and also has size will allow them to move him around."

This season Morrow was Conference Player of the Year with 17 total touchdowns and 6 interceptions.

Watson, on the other hand, stands at 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds. He's a physical specimen who runs his 40-yard dash in 4.68 seconds and has a 33-inch vertical.

"He's a very long athletic kid," Trieu said of Watson. "Been very productive for the last two years. He's just a big athlete whose best days of football are still ahead of him. He's a little bit on the raw side but as far as the physical attributes, he can play defensive end, he's got all of them you want."

The three-star defensive end had 61 tackles with 15 sacks and forced 6 fumbles his senior season.

"He's so athletic that he might be able to contribute right away as an situational rush guy," Trieu explained. "So I think he'll get in and learn things but how quickly he picks up things will determine whether or not he'll play this year.

"If he does redshirt I think he will be able to add some weight and some strength. He's 6-foot-5, 250 right now. I see him playing in 6-foot-5, 270 while keeping his speed. So adding some weight and strength while improving his technique will all come with a redshirt year.

While Watson isn't expected to make an immediate impact, his future looks extremely bright.

"I think he has a chance to have a really good career and be one of those guys that you look back on in a few years and say how did the Big 10 schools let this guy get out of the Midwest," Trieu added. "I think he fell beneath the radar. I know he had the Purdue offer but that was his only Big 10 offer. I think a lot of other schools will regret passing him up."


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