Until very recently, running back Quenshaun Watson of Athens (Ga.) Clarke Central was flying well under the radar. But one thing changed that.
He was offered by Tennessee a few weeks ago.
"I was kind of shocked about it," Watson said. "I was pretty happy, but I tried not to get too excited. I have a lot of things on my mind as far as the playoffs."
The Volunteers actually weren't the first program to offer. Indiana pulled the trigger this summer. However, word of that offer didn't spread until Tennessee, which first made contact with Watson last summer, followed suit. At this stage, Indiana and Tennessee are the only schools seriously recruiting him, Watson said.
"Right now, Tennessee has the edge," Watson said. "At Tennessee, I feel like I'm at home. In fact, it kind of reminds me of home, like Athens. I like the people up there. They remind me of home, too. And I like the coaches. I like (Vols assistant Terry Joseph). Indiana has a shot, but Tennessee is close to home."
Watson attended Tennessee's recent home game versus South Carolina and enjoyed the Knoxville experience.
"I loved the way they treat you up there, and how involved they are," Watson said. "I really like the program. I like the way their offense is. I like the way they run the ball."
Through 11 games, the 5-feet-10, 180 pound Watson has rushed for 1,765 yards on 210 carries. His game is built around speed. According to Watson, he has run the 100-meter dash in 10.58 seconds and the 200 in 21.2 seconds.
"Last year, I wasn't physical enough," Watson said. "But this year I've been working on going in between the tackles."
Watson said he doesn't plan on making any officials, or picking a school, until after his season is over. For now, he is focused on the playoffs. He hopes if he continues to produce big numbers, he will draw more attention.
Even with the latest offer, he said, "Nobody really knows who I am."