Watson Hopes To Open Eyes

Pittsburg (Calif.) quarterback Malik Watson, one of the standouts at Stanford last weekend, is hitting several camps in search of his first offer...

Pittsburg (Calif.) quarterback Malik Watson was one of the surprise performers last weekend at the Stanford Elite 11 and Stanford Nike Camp.

Taking over the starting duties for the Pirates midway through his junior year, Watson helped them recover from a slow start.

He's hoping to do the same thing with his recruitment, which started out slow but seems to be picking up in recent weeks.

"I talked to USC on Thursday and they really like me," said Watson. "I've been talking to Washington State since I was a sophomore, and they recruited some of my teammates. I've also heard from San Jose State, Oregon State, Washington, Cal, Arizona and UCLA."

Watson said that Washington State, San Jose State, Oregon State and Arizona all plan to or have been by the Pittsburg campus to watch him throw.

He's also diligently hitting a number of camps.

"I'm going to a lot of camp just to throw and show what I can do," said Watson. "I'll be camping at Washington State, Washington, San Diego State, San Jose State, Cal, Arizona, Oregon State, UCLA and maybe USC."

Watson is also a pitcher for the Pirates and will be playing summer baseball and on an MLB scout team in the fall.

"But football is my first choice," said Watson. "I want to play both sports in college or maybe college football and a farm team, but if I had to choose between the two, I think I'd stick with football the whole through because I'm a football player."

Academically, Watson has a 3.7 GPA and took the SAT earlier this month.

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