December 7, 2012
Catching up with Watson
Round Rock (Texas) Westwood defensive back Brad Watson will bring good size and versatility to a lean Wake Forest secondary.
The 6-foot-1 and 180-pound cornerback, safety-hybrid saw action at both spots and expects to do the same at the college level when he arrives to Winston-Salem.
"I think I have good ball skills," Watson said. "My height really helps me. I feel like I can go up against any wide receiver at any height. I can go up and get the ball. I'm a fast player, and I tackle well too. I can help in run-support."
Watson recorded 55 tackles, intercepted three passes and ran one back for a touchdown. He also caught 11 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns, and returned a kickoff for a touchdown.
Westwood finished with a 9-4 record, and made it to the third round of the state playoffs.
Watson, who is rated as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com, added he is working to improve his already blazing speed to an elite level, so he can run with anybody.
He will enroll at Wake Forest this summer.
Derrick Jackson was Watson's primary for the Demon Deacons.
"I committed in the summer, so I got to know him all throughout the summer and during the fall, so it was good," Watson said. "I took my official I think it was a month ago, and I got to talk to him [Tim Duffie] a lot and Coach Jackson. It was a real nice place to be."
"On my visit I really had a good time with the players. That was really a big part of my recruitment, how I gelled with the players. I'm going to be with them 24/7 basically, so I got to meet a lot of the corners and the players and they're real cool. I can't wait to get up there and play with them."
The Lone Star State product connected especially well with Wake Forest freshman safety Ryan Janvion, who was his host during his stay in Winston-Salem.
"He was a real good guy to me," Watson said. "I had a good time with him."
Watson is excited about Texas defensive back Joshua Okonye's recent commitment to Wake.
"In Texas we have some good players here," Watson said. "Maybe we can get some on board."
"There are some great players that are from Texas on the Wake Forest team. I think they're doing a great job recruiting us, and the campus is beautiful. You go down there and you're sold. We got to keep on getting the Texas players. I know they've got a lot of Florida players on the team, but the Texas players we can play."
Watson, who is eager to meet new people at Wake, said he knows all of the commitments.
"We're pretty tight on Twitter, just getting in close with each other, and just can't wait to get with each other when we get there," Watson said.
"I'm excited about the education I'm getting first of all. It's a good place to be, and of course playing on Saturdays has always been my dream."
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