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April 15, 2013

Watson Talks Mizzou Visit, Friend's Commitment

When Missouri hosted a trio of visitors from East St. Louis last week, the day ended with a commitment from three-star safety Greg Taylor. But accompanying Taylor on the visit to Columbia were East St. Louis teammates Terry Beckner Jr., and Kyron Watson.

Watson, a three-star linebacker in the class of 2014, has an offer list now in double-digits. Missouri is among the schools standing out for him.

"All these schools start to seem the same," Watson said. He's visited plenty of schools including Iowa State, Illinois and Kansas and speaks from experience. "Mizzou though, they seemed a little different with the new conference and how they're upgrading everything."

Watson said he and his East St. Louis teammates, were impressed by the treatment from Mizzou's coaches.

"They had everything laid out for us, the jerseys, the uniforms, they really rolled out the red carpet for us," Watson said. "That's why my brother Greg [Taylor] committed."

Watson and Taylor have been friends for years. Before committing, Taylor clued Watson in on his intentions.

"[Missouri] had been his top school," Watson said. "He said, 'I'm going to [commit], I think I'm going to do it.' I'm proud of him."

Watson said he thinks Taylor may take more recruiting visits, but added: "He's solid to Mizzou though. He told me, 'I'm sold, bro.'"

With Taylor in the fold for the Tigers' 2014 class, the staff turned its attention to Watson and Beckner Jr.

"Here's the thing, playing with Greg for a few more years would be cool," Watson said. "That's what most schools are trying to do. Get me and Greg in 2014 then come down and get Terry for 2015. We've talked about [playing together in college] a little bit. It'd be cool."

In the meantime, Watson is taking recruiting more slowly than Taylor. He's taking visits and narrowing his list. As of he now he says he has a top six of TCU, Kansas, Purdue, Mizzou, Michigan, and Illinois.

Watson said he's got a few things in mind when he pictures his ideal school: A family atmosphere, a strong academic reputation (he'd like to major in engineering), and the opportunity to contribute early and often.

"I'm not trying to go somewhere where I'll be the special teams player of the year," Watson said with a laugh. "I want to be out there making plays. Like at Illinois, I know I'll be able to get on the field and play everywhere. That's what I like."

While his teammate Taylor made his commitment, Watson's is still a ways away. He admitted he's new to the recruiting game and is just trying to soak it all in. After all, making a commitment is a big deal.

"Choosing a college, that's going to be the biggest decision of my life," Watson said.

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