Offer Puts USF in Top 3 for Lakeland ATH

The Bulls have found several standouts at Lake Gibson High School in Lakeland, FL including former quarterback Matt Grothe and current Bull Claude Davis. This year the USF staff is looking at one of their top prospects in Remi Watson, who visited this past weekend. Read on for all the details and see where the Bulls stand.

Polk County is one area in the state of Florida that continues to produce talent, and Lake Gibson High School has put out plenty of college level athletes. This year is no different and one of their top prospects is versatile athlete Remi Watson.

Watson (5'11-190) is a talented prospect that has the ability to play on offense or defense in college, but is projected to play on the offensive side of the ball at either running back or receiver.

"I got good power and pretty good speed, but I'd say my balance is one of my best assets," said Watson.

As a junior Watson led the county with 1,410 rushing yards on 180 carries and scored 16 rushing touchdowns, and also had 314 receiving yards with another six scores and was 9-of-11 passing for 81 yards and two touchdowns when filling in at quarterback For his efforts Watson earned second team all-state for Class 4A, and was named the Large School Offensive Player of the Year by the Lakeland Ledger, but has been working hard for his senior season.

"I've been working hard and made a big improvement in the weight room, I went up 20 pounds on bench and my legs got a whole lot stronger," said Watson. "My goal for this season is to get 2,000 yards, and 500 yards receiving."

The Bulls have found several standouts at Lake Gibson High School including former quarterback Matt Grothe and current Bulls DE Claude Davis, and Josh Garvin. This past weekend Watson took a trip to Tampa to check out the Bulls for himself.

"I went to USF this past weekend and really liked it. I got to watch the scrimmage at one Buc Place and that was a lot of fun," said Watson. "They were real aggressive, and I saw some hard hitting out there," said Remi. "I saw the way they rotated the running backs and I liked their offensive game plan."

Since Remi couldn't speak to coaches at the scrimmage, he stopped by the USF campus for a quick tour of the facilities, and to meet the staff.

"I went to the campus briefly before the scrimmage, and liked it," said Watson. "It's a nice campus and the weight room was nice, much better then ours."

Watson's spent time with his primary contact Defensive line coach Kevin Patrick, and also got to meet with offensive coordinator Todd Fitch.

"I really like Coach Patrick. He's a real funny guy. Coach Fitch told me he was excited to have me in there and looks forward to getting to know me better, stuff like that."

On the recruiting front things are starting to pick up for the rising senior who had one offer from UCF, but a bunch of programs have been showing interest, including USF, Ohio State, FSU, TCU, Illinois, Duke, among others. With offers starting to come in Remi does know what' he's looking for in a program.

"Academics come first before I choose any college," said Watson. "I like a versatile offense that moves their athletes around and like to spread the ball around."

After the scrimmage Watson said that USF was in his top five with UF, Miami, FSU, and UGA, but on Thursday that changed.

"I just got my USF offer in the mail and it felt good to get that second offer under my belt," said Watson. "USF was maybe 5th on my list before, but now they moved up to the top 3!"

What puts South Florida up there on his list of favorites?

"They're an up-and-coming program, and have shown a whole lot of improvement since they first started, and I want to play for a top contender, and in a few years they'll be there."

Watson said in May he'll start going on visits, and doesn't know his visit schedule just yet, but does know he'll be attending the USF Green and Gold game this Saturday at Raymond James Stadium.

In the classroom, Watson carries a 2.8 GPA and scored a 19 on the ACT, but is scheduled to take it again in June.

Stay tuned with USFNation as we follow Remi Watson through the spring evaluation period.

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