Richard Watson, the 6’1” 220 lb running back who led FAMU High School to a state championship in Florida last year, made a trip to Atlanta this weekend to check out Georgia Tech. When interviewing Watson, he looked more like 6’2” and seemed to be bigger than 220 lbs. The kid is a beast, and when the words “running back” come out of his mouth, one may be shocked. But, a man this big who can run a 4.5 forty and rushed for 34 TDs and over 2000 yards in a season definitely is in the right position.
Watson updated GoJackets on his recruiting:
“Right now Arkansas, Ohio State, Alabama, Clemson, Georgia Tech, East Carolina, South Florida, Florida International, UCLA, and Arizona State. All these schools have offered me. Unofficially so far, I’ve been to Auburn, Florida State, and I’ve been to Arkansas. As for favorites, Georgia Tech and Arkansas, those are my top 2 right now. But, I do like UCLA, I like Boston College - they’re also recruiting me, and Alabama. I’ll commit whenever I’m ready, whenever I know and feel comfortable. I want to go somewhere where I feel comfortable playing football. Also, I want to go somewhere where I can have a good relationship with the coaches and the players. I also want the chance to contribute early when I get to the school. The education obviously though, is the first thing.”
He then talked about his visit to Georgia Tech:
“This is it for the summer. (Georgia Tech) is the only visit I made in the summer. I made the other visits around spring time, this is the only one. Yesterday (Friday), we (he and his family) got a chance to meet with Coach Gailey, Coach Bond, and Coach Modkins. We got a tour of the campus and the football facilities, and also got to meet some of the players. We were here at the campus most of the time, and as far as I could tell, you couldn’t tell you were really in another city. It really is a great place. Today (Saturday), I’ve just been watching the camp and not participating. I got to meet with Coach Modkins more and Coach Kelly who’s recruiting me, Coach Bond also.”
Richard is looking forward to the coming season, as he and his teammates hope to repeat another state championship and get another ring. There were indications around the camp that the big back could be making a decision in the near future.