The list keeps growing for one of the top tight end prospects in the South.
Coleman Watson has long considered himself a Georgia fan, but with a
steady flow of high-profile programs staying in contact, the Bulldogs may find
themselves in a battle.
"I think he's wide open right now," said Atlanta North Springs coach Kevin
Whitley. "I think he'll end up in the southeast, probably close to home so his
mom can watch him play, but he's really flattered right now by the amount of
attention he's getting. I've encouraged him to really enjoy the recruiting
process, take all his visits and see what's out there."
Asked which programs have shown the most attention, Whitley said: "You name
them, they've been here." Most notably, Georgia, Nebraska, Miami, Alabama,
Florida, Auburn and Notre Dame.
To date, UAB is the lone school to officially offer, but Whitley believes that will change this summer.
As a junior, the 6-foot-6, 250-pound Watson caught 30 passes for 400 yards
and five touchdowns. He should play an even bigger role this season.
"I think he's going to be the best tight end in the state of Georgia,"
Whitley said. "He's got great size, great hands and moves real well, everything
you look for in a tight end."
Blocking will be a big key to his potential on the next level.
"He still has to work on some things there," Whitley said. "He's strong
enough (330 bench), but he's just a decent blocker right now, not your typical
6-6, 250-pound blocker. He should be going right through people. That's one
thing we're going to push him hard to do this year."
Watson is also a top baseball prospect, an intimidating figure on the
pitcher's mound. He hopes to play both sports on the college level.
Off the field, Whitley said Watson is a solid student, carrying a 3.0 GPA.
"He'll do well in the classroom," he said. "That won't be a concern with him."