Watson Is A Promising Prospect

Mar. 27 -- Summit (Calif.) Fontana defensive lineman Jabari Watson recently picked up his first scholarship offer and looks like a high Division I prospect...

Jabari Watson, who played his junior year at Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) before transferring in to Summit, is a good looking line prospect with the ability to move around and play multiple spots.

He's a strong, physical player with a nice frame and very good quickness. He's strong at the point of attack, does a nice job taking on blockers and shows a nice burst getting in to the backfield. He also shows good lateral movement, can change direction and uses his hands well to disengage. He probably projects best as a 3-tech but depending on how much weight he puts on, can also play some nose as well.

On the recruiting front, Watson landed his first offer last week from San Diego State and is hearing from a few other schools as well.

"Getting that offer from SDSU felt great," Watson said. "It felt so good to finally have a college notice me. It just made me feel like all the hard work I've been putting in was paying off.

"I'm also talking to a few other schools including Northwestern, Notre Dame, Arizona State and UCLA. I'm planning on doing a few summer camps and taking some visits but right now, I don't have anything set up yet. I'll probably camp with UCLA and USC since it's local and I would love to see ASU or Notre Dame but again, nothing is set yet."

As for what he's looking for in a school, Watson said he wants a balance of education and football.

"Academics are big for sure," Watson said. "I want the best of both worlds, I want to find a big time football program with a lot of prestige but also a good academic school that can set me up for life after football.

"Right now, I'm just working hard and trying to get better every day. I'm about 6-3, 255 pounds and I would love to put on 5-10 pounds and increase my speed by the time the season rolls around here. I'm getting stronger and just trying to become a better player."

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