The 2016 recruiting class is going full speed ahead right now, and one of the more underrated linemen is Josh Watson of Cascade (Everett, Wash.) High School.
At 6’5″ and weighing 265 pounds, Watson has a great frame that looks very capable of adding another 25+ pounds without skipping a beat. Watson has a tremendous work ethic, and the drive and desire you want in a college football player.
Things really started to click last season, and Watson was named first team All-Wesco on the defensive line and received honorable mention for his work on the offensive line.
“Being first team all-league defensively was definitely an amazing award to earn,” Watson told NEI. “It really showed how my hard work payed off and this next season I’m definitely gunning for that offensive award as well.”
Highly talented both ways is never a bad thing, but a day will come when Watson will have to make a choice as to which side he would like to focus on.
“My preference is easily offensive line because I mainly train for it at camps and with Scott [Enyeart],” Watson said. “But I also have a deep passion for defense as well and thing is I don’t necessarily care which side of the ball I play on, I’m happy to play either.”
Currently Watson is coming to the end of his track season, where he throws the shot, and he will be jumping straight into what looks like a busy offseason before his senior year.
“For the rest of my offseason I plan to finish my time in track and immediately start working out with my team for next season,” Watson noted. “I also plan to train with Barton football throughout the offseason and go to several different college camps and test my skills.
“I’m hearing from the University of Idaho, Northern Arizona University, Oregon State University, Rocky Mountain College, Midland University and Eastern Washington University.”
At the end of the day, Watson is a team first player. He states one of his personal goals is getting his RB’s to 2,000 yards rushing, while also being a good team leader and mentor to the younger athletes.
“My team goals for next season are to lead my team to have a winning season,” Watson says. “Second to establish brotherhood and camaraderie throughout the team, and for everyone on the team to work together to achieve the ultimate goal of going to state.”
With Watson anchoring the line, the Bruins of Cascade have a solid foundation up front.