Fort Dorchester DT Demetrius Watson (6-2 285) has been one of the top defensive linemen in the state this season and was selected for the Touchstone Energy Bowl. USC head coach Shane Beamer and defensive line coach Jimmy Lindsey offered him after seeing him in camp in June. Those two along with area recruiter Montario Hardesty have kept up the recruiting efforts, and Watson plans to return the favor by visiting this Saturday night for the Florida game. And he hinted Tuesday night this might be more than just a routine visit.
“Right now, South Carolina is still number one,” Watson said. “I’m going to be up there Saturday. I’m going to release some big news, some great news on Saturday. My dad and my little brother are coming with me on this one. The next home game I’m probably going to bring my dad and my mom to that one. And when they play Clemson, I’ll bring a few friends.”
Watson also has offers from Georgia Tech, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Arizona State and Georgia State. The USC offer, however, has been standing out the most to him for the past several months. And the coaches have made him feel very much at home.
“I talked to coach Lindsey the most, coach Beamer and coach Hardesty a little bit since he’s in our area,” Watson said. “The talk is not too much about football. It’s a lot of stuff about at home things besides football. But after I’ve played in a game on Friday night, they’ll congratulate me.”
Watson has talked for months about the likelihood of joining the Gamecock program. If he decides to make his commitment to Beamer Saturday, he will do so for good reasons.
“It’s meant to be,” Watson said. “It’s the best option I have, and I had some pretty good schools. But the atmosphere there, it’s a great atmosphere. It’s like being at home. It’s only an hour and a few minutes away. It’s basically like being in Charleston. It’s the same atmosphere.”
Watson estimated that this season he’s had around 38 tackles with 5 sacks, and he said he’s blocked 7 field goals and recovered 2 fumbles.