Bruins Recruit Colorado TE

He's Steve Watson, the 6-4, 240-pounder from Denver (Colo.) Mullen, one of the most highly-regarded tight end prospects in the west. Watson has 16 scholarship offers from all over the country and he talked about the schools that have offered he likes, and the ones he'd like to receive an offer from...

With tight end Nate Chandler already committed to UCLA, the Bruin staff is still looking recruiting one other tight end in this class. Denver (Colo.) Mullen tight end Steve Watson (6-4, 240) just received an official offer from UCLA, and the Bruins are among a group of schools that Watson is closely considering.

"I have 16 offers but I'm not ready to narrow it down to a top five," Watson said. "There are some other schools who haven't offered me that I like. I'm going to start narrowing it down in the next couple of months."

Other schools that have offered Watson include Michigan, California, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Colorado, San Diego State, Boise State, Washington, Washington State, Arizona and Arizona State.

"I really like USC, too, and I'm hoping that I get an offer from them. I took a trip out there in June to their Skills Camp and did pretty well. They said that they want to watch my first three games before they offer me," said Watson.

While he didn't name a leader, Watson did say that Michigan, Cal, Nebraska and UCLA are a few of the schools who have offered that Watson likes, along with Colorado. "There are times when I want to leave the state, and other times I want to stay in the state," said Watson.

Watson's father, Steve Sr., played wide receiver for the Denver Broncos for nine seasons and has been on the Broncos coaching staff for the past five years. He was a defensive assistant for Denver in 2001 and 2002. Then in 2003, he moved to the offensive side of the ball to become Denver's receivers coach. The person he replaced as receivers coach? Karl Dorrell, who left Denver in 2002 for UCLA. He also knows John Wristen from when Wristen was the tight ends coach for Colorado.

Watson took a quick unofficial trip to UCLA at the same time he was in town for the USC camp.

Watson said no immediate plans were in place to make his decision. "I'm going to visit some more schools (unofficially) and I want to take some official trips," said Watson. "Like I said, I want to start narrowing it down in the next couple of months and by the time the season starts, I should know my top five."

During his junior season, Watson was an all-league selection and was a part of Mullen's state runner-up squad.

Academically, Watson has a 3.2 GPA and said that he received a qualifying SAT score.

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