October 20, 2008

Watson brings speed to CSU

If the last two weeks showed any weaknesses for the Colorado State Rams, it was a lack of speed. Friday night, Colorado State got a little faster with the commitment of Kissimme (FL) safety Jansen Watson.

The 5'10", 180-pound Watson claims a 40-yard-dash time of 4.2 and turned down offers from Central Florida, Auburn, Cincinnati, Kansas State, Northern Illinois and Middle Tennessee State to commit to the Rams.

This season he has 24 stops and is Osceola's second leading rusher with 182 yards on 17 carries and one touchdown.

Watson was in attendance at the Rams' 13-7 loss to Texas Christian a couple weeks ago and enjoyed the community as well as the family atmosphere the Rams put forward. Of course, calling it a family atmosphere for Watson might be more literal than for most Ram recruits. The opportunity to play with his first cousin, CSU freshman corner Gerard (MoMo) Thomas, was also an attraction. Thomas and Watson have played football and basketball together since high school and Thomas' presence added an extra layer of familiarity in Fort Collins for Watson.

"The coaches and everyone there (in Fort Collins) are just a different experience than Florida," Watson said. The community, the temperature, just the whole city worked pretty well."

Watson said he was planning on calling to commit last Saturday, but instead, he got a call from his recruiting contact - CSU offensive line coach Pat Meyer - telling him another Floridian had just committed to the CSU program.

"I was going to wait until Saturday to call him, but he called me on Friday and told me a kid from Colonial - Christian James - had just committed. I said, 'yeah, I wanted to do the same.' I told him I wanted to commit too," Watson said.

"He told me thanks and said, oh, yeah? you want to come to Colorado? Come on down and be a Ram."

In addition to the family ties, Watson said he was attracted to Fort Collins by a depth chart that will see a pair of safeties - Klint Kubiak and Mike Pagnotta - graduate this season.

In addition to a blazing 40-time, Watson also has a bench press of 275 and a squat of 405. He said he hopes to major in either business, advertising or civil engineering.

"I play with the mindset and the attitude that I am going to show my skills."

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