Defensive Tackle, Class of 2022
Fort Dorchester, North Charleston, SC
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and NCAA recruiting dead period have stymied plenty of recruitments. Fort Dorchester (SC) 2022 defensive tackle Demetrius Watson is just now getting into his recruitment, but not because of those restrictions.
Earlier this month, Watson placed fourth in the South Carolina Class 5A state championships as a wrestler in the heavyweight division. It was another reminder of his athletic ability, which on the football field has translated to offers from Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Syracuse and Arizona State. But with wrestling having just concluded, Watson is just settling into his recruitment.
Though unable to visit with coaches and football programs, Watson said he doesn’t feel like he’s behind. Having just finished his sixth season on the mat, he believes the winter work will have him in better shape for football.
“You can wrestle for any sport that you want to play,” Watson said. “It’ll get you ready conditioning-wise, strength-wise. It gives you more of an aggressive side. If you like it, it gives you a more aggressive side of things. It helps with leverages, lateral movement, stuff like that.”
The Hokies gave Watson a scholarship offer on March 2, just before the conclusion of his wrestling season. Because of that, he said he’s still getting familiar with the program.
“I haven’t looked much yet,” Watson said. “When I got it, I was still really getting into wrestling. I’m just starting to clear my schedule, so I’ll look into them more. The offer came at like 10 pm. I know that Michael Vick went there. That is one good thing about it, but I don’t know much. I know Dakereon Joyner (2018 class) got an offer and took a visit, so I’ll have to ask him about the atmosphere there.”
The offer from Virginia Tech came from recently hired assistant coach JC Price, and though their conversation was brief, Watson said he enjoyed it.
“When I got the offer, we weren’t even talking about football,” he said. “I’d say we talked about 15 minutes, and three of it was football. We talked wrestling because he has a background in wrestling. Then, we talked about the environment and how Virginia Tech is. He wasn’t talking about football, he was just getting to know me as a person, instead of a player.”
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