Eight Minimum
Richard Watson
National Recruiting Editor
Posted May 7, 2007
Allen Wallace, National Recruiting Director TheInsiders.com and SuperPrep.com


"I went to the Florida State Junior Day and had a great time," said Richard Watson, who lives only 15 minutes from the Seminole campus. "I like their facilities and the new guys on the staff seem really good. I really like their new running back coach (Dexter Carter). They have a young team and with some experience, I'm sure they'll be back on top..."

Richard Watson, the 6-foot-1, 220 pound running back from Florida A&M University High School in Tallahassee (Fla.), finished his junior season with 2140 yards rushing for 34 touchdowns.

"I'm strong and have good speed," he said. "I have great vision and good feet. I move really well and have a good combo of power and speed.

"I haven't reached my full potential yet, so I just want to keep improving," Watson said. "I want to focus on my pass blocking, catching out of the backfield and my overall speed."

He benches 330 pounds and runs a 4.55 forty.

Watson, ranked No. 148 in the southeast by Scout.com, has over 12 scholarships, but denies a leader. He favors Ohio State, Boston College, Florida State, Auburn, Arkansas and several others. All of those have offered, except the Seminoles.

"I went to the Florida State Junior Day and had a great time," Watson said. "I like their facilities and the new guys on the staff seem really good. I really like their new running back coach (Dexter Carter). They have a young team and with some experience, I'm sure they'll be back on top."

The Seminoles are only 15 minutes from Watson's home, but he insists distance will not be a factor. "I don't care if I stay close or not," Watson said. "I have family all over the country and my parents will travel wherever I go."

Watson's first scholarship offer came from Ohio State in September and he plans on attending the Buckeyes camp this summer. "They have a good football history and the coaches seem like a good group of guys."

He'll also be attending the Boston College camp. "I haven't been up there yet," he said. "I'm really interested to learn more about them. They are a good team every year and the new head coach (Jeff Jagodzinski) has NFL experience, so he knows what it takes to get to that level."

Watson also already attended junior days at Auburn and Arkansas. "Arkansas has great fans," Watson said. "I got to meet with coach Houston Nutt and he's really easy to talk to and nice. I also really loved their indoor practice field and facilities."

Although he denies having a favorite, he says he plans to narrow things down a bit more this summer. "I'm keeping everything open," he said. "I won't even narrow it down until later in the summer. I don't have a top five really, I'm just looking at everybody right now. I'm not really thinking about recruiting much.

"I want to go to a school that wins about 8 or more games a year," Watson said. "I want to be prepared to play in the NFL, so I'd like to play for coaches that are known for producing great talent."

He reports a 2.9 core GPA and is taking the ACT in June.



Related Stories
Tallahassee Talent
 -by HawgsIllustrated.com  May 7, 2007
ScoutTV: Watson Runs Wild
 -by FOXSportsRecruiting.com  May 9, 2007
Watson Taking His Time
 -by FOXSportsRecruiting.com  Apr 19, 2007

MAGAZINE COVERAGE
Get the 2014 Scout.com Recruiting Yearbook with an annual Total Access Pass
Sign Up Today!

Upgrade Now!
Free Email Newsletter
Don't miss any news or features from FOXSportsRecruiting.com. Subscribe to our newsletter to have our newest articles emailed to you on a daily or weekly basis.
Click here for a list of all Team Newsletters.

Add Players to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite players. Click name to add to My HotList.
RB Richard Watson (profile)
[View My HotList]