June 25, 2009

Two Stand Out for Watson

Memphis (TN) Melrose running back Eric Watson is currently holding scholarship offers from MTSU and Arkansas State, but it's two offers he doesn't have that interests him the most.

"I'm close to an offer from Memphis, and I also like Clemson," Watson said.

"I would love to stay at home. I would love to stay close to the house. I'm not one of those kids that's trying to leave home. I would really like to get that offer from Memphis," Watson said about the home town school.

While Clemson is farther from his home, Watson has legitimate interest in the Tigers of South Carolina.

"Clemson, I'm supposed to go there for an official visit," Watson said. "I've been talking to them and they really like my film and they want me to come up and visit and see how I like it."

What Clemson saw on film would please almost any college coach.

"My vision's real good. I'm very powerful, I have football speed. I'm not a track guy, but I have football speed. I'm very shift, I feel like I make people miss in small spaces," Watson said of his on field attributes.

"I'm more of an Emmitt Smith type of running back. Emmitt's not a breakaway guy, but he can get between the tackle, he can get outside on the ends. He's very powerful," Watson said comparing himself to the NFL's all-time leading rusher.

While Watson is one of the best running backs in Tennessee on the field, off the field he knows he still has work to do.

"I've got to finish up strong in the classroom, so I can qualify like I should," Watson said of what he needs to do this upcoming season.

His success in the classroom will also help determine his college choice.

"I'm looking at who has high graduation rates, because a lot of cats just feel like they are going to go to the league (NFL) or whatever. But, I know it's kind of hard to do that so I just want to graduate," Watson said.

"I want commit before the season starts," Watson said of his future decision.

Before that decision, Watson has plenty to attend to on the field.

After leaving Mississippi powerhouse Olive Branch High School, Watson only played one game for Melrose in 2008.

"With a lot of hard work and dedication, we have a chance to do something this year and surprise a lot of people."

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