May 24, 2010

Louisiana cornerback picks up pair of SEC offers

Thursday turned out to be a huge day for Bastrop, La., cornerback JeVante Watson.

The 6-foot, 180-pounder began the day still waiting for his first major-college scholarship offer.

By mid-afternoon Thursday, Watson had two and he wasn't ruling out the possibility of an early decision.

Watson picked up offers from Ole Miss and Alabama on Thursday, developments that he admitted were a surprise.

"It was a good feeling," Watson said. "At first, I didn't know what to think."

Watson said he plans to camp at Ole Miss on June 5-6 before leaving Oxford for Tuscaloosa. Watson, who scored nine offensive touchdowns to go along with 39 tackles and an interception last season for the Rams, said he didn't know what his plans were after those two visits, adding that "if it comes down to it, I probably would (make a commitment to either the Rebels or Crimson Tide).

"Right now, I really don't know. I haven't been thinking about it a lot."

Watson said he recently spoke to Ole Miss safeties coach Kim Dameron, who told him he'd love to see him in Oxford for the aforementioned camp. Watson attended a junior day at Ole Miss earlier in the spring and is friends with former Rebel cornerback Marshay Green and with incoming Rebel quarterback Randall Mackey, both former Bastrop standouts.

"I play football with (Green) when he comes home," Watson said. "He told me Ole Miss has been a good place to play football."

Watson said he hasn't been in consistent contact with Alabama, but he said he is "very interested" in the defending national champions. "That was a big deal (to be offered by the Tide)."

Watson, who is also hearing from Arkansas, Auburn and "a little bit" from LSU, has a 2.7 core grade-point average and a 22 on the ACT.

"He's an all-around real good athlete, but most coaches think his college position will be cornerback," Bastrop High School coach Brad Bradshaw said. "He's got outstanding ball skills and good hips. He plays bigger than he is."

"I play with a chip on my shoulder," Watson said. "I'm actually smaller than a lot of players, but I'm bigger than them in my head."

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