Delaware’s Josh Watson: ‘Diamond in the rough’ chases D-I Offers

Posted on May 26, 2008. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: , , , |

By Will Cummings
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Delaware’s Josh Watson is impressive both on the field and on film and now he takes his show on the road in an effort to receive Division I offers.


    The 2008 high school football season is just around the corner, but for the nations’ seniors-to-be, who are competing to collect the precious few remaining  full-ride scholarships, the season has already begun as they busily prepare for spring and summer camps.

    One of the those rising seniors working his way to pick up some offers is Josh Watson, a 6’5″ 255lb defensive and offensive lineman out of  Wilmington, Delaware’s John Dickinson High School.  Watson is a two way starter for the Dickinson Rams, playing offensive center and defensive tackle and end. After contributing on varsity as a freshman, Watson has been a mainstay on the defensive side since his sophomore season.  Although he also has huge upside as an offensive line prospect— defense is where Watson truly shines the most.  And the aforementioned can be stated with certainty,  because I recently had the pleasure of reviewing  three entire game films of Watson in action. There is no doubt that he has the size, quickness, speed, and playing ability to be considered a solid Division I prospect. And I am not alone in my assessment, as schools like Georgia Tech, Duke, North Carolina State, Villanova, Syracuse, Michigan State and others have all expressed interest in Watson.

   The attribute that separates Watson from many of his peers is his athletic ability to be a disruptive force on defense.  Watson  has a very nice explosive first step that gives him the consistent ability to over power and out-quick his opponents and to penetrate the line of scrimmage for loss yardage tackles and sacks. And he is also very adept at getting his hands up on quick three-step pass plays to knock down throws, which is an ability that—in my opinion—is more instinctive than it is schooled. More importantly—In this pass happy game—a D-lineman’s ability to disrupt throws is an attribute that is highly coveted by defensive coordinators. Nevertheless, his performance leaves me to wonder how much more productive Watson  would be on defense if he didn’t also start on the offensive side of the ball—that’s a scary thought considering how productive he is while staring both ways!

    Although starting both ways may hinder Watson’s defensive output, a more pressing  issue that plagues Watson’s aspirations is through no fault of his own. The Dickinson Rams’ record last season was 2-8. Unfortunately, college prospects that play on teams with less than stellar records face an uphill battle for media recognition and post season awards, which makes it even more difficult for them to receive attention from recruiters. Nevertheless, Watson still managed to garner All-Conference honors for the past two seasons and was twice voted his team’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player during the same time span.  There is no doubt in my mind, that if Watson were on a winning team that he would have achieved higher post season accolades—that’s just the way it works!  That’s why it is so important for good athletes, in situations like Watson’s, to perform well during spring and summer camps and to be aggressive in sending out their films.

    Watson has already attended a Nike Combine and he is on his way this weekend to an “invitation only” Nike Camp that will be held at Penn State University, and he has several other camps scheduled as well. Through his film evaluation and strong performances at camps, Watson may have an offer or two in hand before his senior season begins.

    The one thing colleges won’t have to worry about is Watson’s classroom performance. Watson has a 3.6 GPA, and is interested in  sports medicine, but he still has yet to decide on a college major to pursue.

    Watson patterns his style of play after the Cowboy’s  DeMarcus Ware, but his father, Quinton, thinks he plays more like the Dolphin’s Jason Taylor. As for me, I just think that the kid  has the right stuff to be a successful D-I defensive tackle or defensive end.  And perhaps one day, if he is successful and lucky enough, he will have kids his age invoking his name to describe their style of play. Tall dreams, but to make it you have to (1) dream big (2) work smart and (3) have lady luck on your side—Josh Watson already has begun working on the first two—you have to have these first, before lady luck will swing your way.

    Watson is the classic example of what is referred to as a “diamond in the rough.” He is one of those unheralded players that seemingly come out of nowhere. Most of these so called “diamonds in the rough” are simply good players that attend schools in small towns and/or with lesser known and less successful football programs. Schools that find these players scrutinize them more intensely, because they have to justify to their fan base as to why this recruit your giving “our” scholarships to  is not a four or five star all-everything player. Well, five star or no star a good player is a good player and Josh Watson is a good player with a lot of potential!

    Over the next few months Hit Highlights looks forward to watching Watson chase his dream. We believe that based on Watson’s size, quickness and playing ability  that if he stays healthy and he works hard at improving his attributes and working on his weaknesses and  continues to refine his game that he will eventually receive a D-I scholarship—he already is a done deal to receive a full-ride to a DIA or D-II school.

You can see Watson’s junior year defensive highlights below:

Josh Watson’s junior year offensive highlights:


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