Kyron Watson, a hard hitting linebacker who had 142 tackles and three interceptions as a junior, committed to Kansas on Tuesday.
The 6'1, 220-pound Watson had offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Missouri, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota and others before choosing the Jayhawks. A big reason for his interest was his area recruiter.
"Kansas, it's because of Reggie Mitchell," Flyers assistant coach Hairth Mitchom said. "He's a great recruiter for our type of kids, which I’ll call inner-city kids. He does a great job of earning their trust and he's done that with Kyron. A lot of folks look and say how is Kansas in it? Reggie Mitchell is the reason."
In earning a commitment from Watson, the Jayhawks put themselves in good position for teammates Treevon Prater and Greg Taylor, who both have KU offers.
Taylor, a three-star safety, is currently committed to Missouri, is close to Watson and is reportedly exploring the possibility of joining him. Prater, a 6'2, 170-pound safety and wide receiver, has offers from Syracuse and Indiana State as well, but has Kansas high on his list.
Kansas currently has one former East St. Louis product on their team in running back Anthony Pierson.
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