The Kansas Jayhawk men’s basketball program wasn’t the only KU team to add a recruit on Tuesday. The Kansas Jayhawk football program got a commitment from East St. Louis line backer Kyron Watson for the 2014 season yesterday as well. Watson was scheduled to visit the University of Michigan but decided to accept the scholarship offer from the Jayhawks.
According to rivals.yahoo.com, Watson is the 19-ranked inside line backer in the country in the 2014 recruiting class. The 6’0″, 226-pounder also had offers from not only Michigan, but TCU, Missouri, Cincinnati, Syracuse, and other Big 10 and Big 12 schools. ESPN has Watson listed as a 4-star recruit and ranked 4th in the country as an outside line backer. Regardless of which recruiting rating you use, Watson is a highly ranked line backer who is going to improve the Jayhawks in the future. Here is a snippet from the ESPN scouting report:
Watson has the size and athleticism for the inside linebacker position at the BCS level of competition. In fact, his playing speed and coverage skills suggest a move to outside linebacker might be in his future. His frame appears capable of supporting additional body mass over time.
Watson’s commitment is a good indication that Head Coach Charlie Weis and his staff continue to work to bring top talent to Lawrence. KU already received a commitment from Gardner, Ks. running back Traevohn Wrench a few weeks ago. Wrench is also listed as a 4-star recruit by ESPN. After some bad years for Kansas in football, it looks like the Jayhawks are headed in the right direction.