One of the players that got the ball rolling was Brad Watson, the 6-1, 170-pound defensive back from Westwood High School in Austin, Texas. Watson isn't the Deacs' most highly-touted recruit but there are plenty of reasons to get excited about his future. For starters not too many cornerbacks have legit 6-1 height. Watson does.
Since committing to Wake Forest, Watson has been competing in several 7-on-7 events and a few combines. In just a day or so Westwood will begin to prepare for their 2012 season as a team.
"I went to the Nike camp and a few testing combines that just measured your 40 and agility," Watson explained.
Evidently he has done pretty well. So well that other schools have continued to recruit him.
"There's been a few schools that keep in contact like Tulsa, SMU and Purdue. I'm solid as a Wake commit though," he said. "I just feel like Wake is a great place to get my education and play great football too. The campus is really nice. All the people are really nice to me. The coaches were a big factor in my decision. My recruiting coach is a real good guy and Coach Duffie, my position coach, is a loose guy and I like that too."
Location wasn't nearly as much of a problem as it otherwise might have been. That's because Watson has family in North Carolina. If anything happens or if he just needs to get away from school and spend some time around familiar faces he will be able to do that.
While it's still somewhat up in the air, Watson said it's likely he will play corner for the Demon Deacons.