Watson Getting Recruited as "Athlete"

Greg Watson, the quarterback from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., threw for over 2,500 yards as a junior, but the 5-11, 190-pounder is getting recruited as a defensive back or "athlete," and he's fine with that...

Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) athlete Greg Watson had an impressive junior season, leading his Cougars to the Baseline League championship and CIF-SS title, in a league that included Stanford-signee Josh Nunes and UCLA-signee Richard Brehaut.

Watson was a big catalyst for the Cougars, running the offense at quarterback, but at 5-11 and 190 pounds, Watson knows that most of his opportunities in college could come as defensive back.

Oregon is the first school to offer Watson, doing so as a defensive back.

"Yeah, Oregon offered me as a DB," said Watson. "I was just happy to get an offer to start things off. If I get an offer to play any kind of position, I'm happy. I thought they were going to wait until they came down in May, to see me do backpedals, before they offered me. I haven't played corner in two years, since freshman football. All I did was play straight quarterback the last two years. But they like me as an athlete so Coach (Tom) Osborne offered me."

Watson said the majority of the attention he's getting is as an "athlete," with schools not shutting the door on offense, but preferring him as a defensive back.

"Washington and UCLA I believe both like me as an athlete," said Watson. "I believe I could play quarterback in the spread offense, like at Boise State or Colorado State or UNLV."

Watson was at UCLA last weekend for the Bruins' Junior Day.

"It was cool there. I went up there with my friend Josh Shirley, and it ended up that the coaches were talking with me, and they told me to send them my highlight tape," said Watson. "I talked with Coach (Wayne) Moses and Coach (Carnell) Lake. They invited me out there on June 6th to their one-day camp to see my backpedal."

Watson said he'd like to play quarterback but doesn't think a move to the secondary would be tough. He said, "As a quarterback, I think I'd be able to read the ball because I'm used to it playing offense. I know the receivers routes and can jump the route easily."

Watson is hopeful that he can get to 6-1 by the time he gets to college, and he's got some growing ahead of him, according to his doctors. "They think I'm still going to grow. I'm still only 15 years old," said Watson.

Watson isn't in a rush to decide, so his patience could pay off. "I'm just taking my time right now," said Watson. "I'm not going to verbally commit anywhere. I want to get to know the campus and the school and learn about each schools academics."

Watson is planning a busy spring with camp plans for the Scout Combine in May in Los Angeles, the Elite 11 Camp in Berkeley, the Nike Camp in Oregon in June and the B2G Camp.

As a 2008 junior at Rancho Cucamonga, Watson was All-CIF First Team and CIF MVP. He was also named Baseline League MVP, All-State Second Team, All-Inland Valley and the Daily Bulletin Player of the Year. He threw for 2,506 yards and 18 touchdowns, rushed for 859 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Academically, Watson has a 3.3 GPA and took the SAT earlier this month.

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