High School: Three-star recruit by ESPN.com and Scout ... Had 164 tackles, 96 solos, 11.5 TFLs, 8.5 sacks, 46 QB hurries, six passes defended, four fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and one interception in 2013 to earn first-team Class 3A All-State Elite honors by FloridaHSFootball.com and second-team all-state honors by the Orlando Sentinel and Tampa Bay Times ... Also had 11 receptions for 192 yards in 2013 ... Helped lead team to 3A state semifinals and to a district title in 2013 ... Named Defensive MVP of the 2014 Blue-Gray All-America Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa ... Totaled 161 tackles, 25.0 TFLs, 16.5 sacks, six fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles, two blocked punts and one interception in 2012 ... Named all-state and all-county by the Tampa Bay Times.
Personal: Born July 5, 1996 ... Son of Tim and Christa Watson ... Has one brother and three sisters ... Majoring in community health ... Father played football at Howard University and had a five-year NFL career, playing for the Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles from 1993-97 ... Uncle, Cedric Watson, played football at Marshall University ... Honor roll member all four years ... Active in Health Occupation Students of America, National Honor Society, Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society and National Beta Club in high school National Honor Society ... Lists NBA basketball player Blake Griffin as his favorite athlete because "he is the most physically dominant player and puts on a show for the fans."
Updated July 2014