Lakeland (Fla.) Lake Gibson running back Remi Watson recently took an unofficial visit to Athens, Ga. to check out the Georgia Bulldogs when they hosted, and defeated, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Needless to say, the Sunshine State back came away impressed with what he saw from the Peach State program.
"I really, really, really liked what I saw," Watson said. "I got to go down on the field for warm-ups. It was a nice environment to be in. I liked being around the coaches and the players. I really liked the coaching staff. I got a chance to see their facilities and stuff and they also talked to me about them. I really, really liked the visit."
During the visit, the three-star back spoke at length with a pair of coaches about possibly landing an offer.
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"I talked with Coach (Bryan) McClendon and Coach (Mark) Richt," Watson said. "Coach McClendon, the running back coach, he told me he loves me on film and he just wants to run it by the offensive coordinator. They also have to run it by the admission board, President, Athletic Director, or whoever it is. He said I should have an offer pretty soon, or at least know if I am getting an offer pretty soon."
If an offer is extended by the Bulldogs, the 5-foot-11, 195-pound running back said his recruitment will likely conclude on the spot.
"At that moment, I would possibly give a commit," Watson said. "I want to play in the SEC because I could play so many different positions and the SEC is all about moving their athletes around. I just feel Georgia is the best place for me to go."
But while he waits for an offer, Watson continues to consider his top five, all of whom have offered except for the Bulldogs. The four schools joining Georgia among his favorites are Marshall, South Florida, Central Florida, and Western Kentucky. At this time, he is working on setting up two official visits.
"I haven't taken any official visits yet but I have an official scheduled for the beginning of January to Marshall," Watson said. "I am in the works of getting one set up with Western Kentucky as well."
Marshall's Sean Cronin has already visited Lakeland for an in-home visit. He spoke with Watson and his parents.
"My mother's main concern was the type of people I will be around and how the coaching staff up there is," Watson said. "My dad was more focused on the football part of it. Coach Cronin had a list of his NFL players. He talked about some of the things they are working on offensively and some of the players they have from down here in Florida. He told me a little about Ahmad Bradshaw being from there."
"My parents were very pleased with what they heard," Watson added.
Watson said he intends to take all five official visits if possible.