Blast from the Past: Josh Watson Makes It to Big Time in Style at Clemson
|Josh Watson: Nation’s No. 1 Prep School DT — Class of 2010|
Josh Watson, a 6-4, 270lb defensive tackle out of Delaware, was among our first Hit Highlights.com sports highlight video clients back in 2008. Now he is a redshirt freshman at Clemson, who took the much less traveled road in his quest to play big time college football.
After graduating from Wilmington, Delaware’s John Dickinson High School in 2009, Watson attended one year of prep school at Hargrave Military Academy, located in Chatham, Virginia. While at Hargrave Josh Watson became Rivals Class of 2010 No. 1 Prep School DT in the nation and one of the most sought after defensive tackles in his class, before choosing Clemson over the likes of Florida State, Boston College, North Carolina and Duke.
Nothing gives me more pleasure than seeing a young athlete that I study — especially on film — realize the potential that I see in him or her.
Congratulations Josh, and I hope that you have a great career at Clemson.
We did both Watson’s junior and senior year highlight videos at Dickinson. Below is his junior year highlight video — where I first saw his enormous potential — and the link to the accompanying article I wrote about him back in 2008:
Josh Watson Junior Year Highlight Video
August 13, 2011 @ 11:49 am
I appreciate the comments and the feature on your website. Josh continued to work hard his senior year and was selected to the All-star game. At the conclusion of the all-star game he was selected as the game’s MVP. After he graduated, he then went to Hargraves Military Prep for the fall semester to play and to showcase his abilities to a broader audience of schools in the SEC and ACC. Hargraves is heavily recruited by both conferences.
Josh had a heck of a season with Hargraves and towards the middle of November he started getting offers from all of the teams from the ACC as well as LSU, UConn, and Kent State. He was recruited real hard by North Carolina, Florida State, and Clemson. Josh went to Clemson for a visit and fell in love with the school.
He redshirted last season and is expected to see playing time on the defensive line this season. Thanks again for all your help!
August 13, 2011 @ 2:00 pm
Quinton, thanks for the props but you, as a parent, made all the right moves for your son. From getting his highlights made and getting them out there, to facilitating his visits to summer camps and finally the clincher — sending him to prep school.
This was an epic example of how a parent/guardian can influence their child’s career. Well done my friend!
I pride myself in recognizing talent and I knew Josh had it! Nevertheless, no matter what I believe it is up to the athlete to realize his or her potential. Josh is doing just that! If he continues he will be in the NFL someday.