4-star OL Watson Looking at Trips

Ryan Watson

Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) four-star offensive lineman Ryan Watson is focusing on a quartet of schools without fully ruling others out, and he spoke to Scout.com about when he will take official visits, and when a decision could be made.

WILMINGTON, Del. – When it comes to recruiting, four-star offensive lineman Ryan Watson is focusing on four schools, but his true focus is on the season.

It means recruiting is on the back-burner for Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) standout, whose main recruiting targets are Penn State, Pittsburgh, Purdue and Michigan State, but he isn't ruling out looking at other schools.

"For all my schools, I really like them because of the coaches there. That's the main thing," said Watson, who is 6-foot-3, 265 pounds. "Also, location is a big thing. I really more of a northern guy, but I don't rule out southern schools.

"Right now they're all about even. I haven't been to Purdue."

With Good Counsel ranked No. 7 in the nation and looking at making a run at a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title, Watson isn't thinking too heavily about official visits.

"I haven't set up any, but I plan on going to all four of them," Watson said. "It will probably be after the season. I'll find a way to get them all in."

When Watson makes his official visits, he is going to the schools with a purpose.

"What I'm really for is to find a team where it feels like I'm at home," Watson said. "I want an environment and a coaching staff where I feel welcomed."

Although Watson plays tackle for Good Counsel, he projects as an interior lineman in college.

During a 34-14 win Saturday against Red Lion Christian Academy (Bear, Del.), he exhibited an ability to drive block, move his feet well, and once he got his hands on a defensive lineman, he was able to neutralize him.

It was a display in which Watson showed why he is the sixth-ranked offensive guard in Scout.com's 2012 class.

"It's a blessing to be ranked so high with all my God-given talents and how hard I work," Watson said. "It's not like I get big-headed about it. Whatever happens, happens."

Watson said he doesn't plan on making a decision until late January.

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