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Marcus Watson becoming target of big-time programs

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Marcus Watson has been a popular target for college coaches since the end of last summer playing with the Georgia Stars 16-U. The four-star wing is an explosive athlete and a talented all-around scorer with great size at 6-foot-6.

Georgia, Georgia Tech, NC State, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Oregon and Tennessee are among the schools he’s had the most contact with lately. He’s taken trips to each already with the exception of Ohio State, as the Buckeyes are the newest school to join his recruitment. Georgia Tech has had him on campus multiple times, and he could be back in Atlanta as soon as Sunday.

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IN HIS OWN WORDS

Georgia: “I like the coaches there. I like (assistant coach) Jonas Hayes a lot. He’s really cool. I like that Ashton Hagans is going there. He’s a great point guard and he’s gotten better. I like Elias King a lot, too, and he’s going there as well.”

Georgia Tech: “I like Georgia Tech. It’s nice. They need a scorer. They’ve started to get more serious with me lately. They were recruiting me before, but they weren’t on me that hard. The new assistant coach is on me really hard.”

NC State: “I like the new staff there. I like (assistant) coach A.W. Hamilton. He’s really cool and I like talking to him. I talk to (head) coach Kevin Keatts every once in a while and he’s cool, too.”

Ohio State: “I like the new coaching staff there. I’m still trying to figure them out. The assistant coach, Mike Schrage, texts me a lot.”

WHAT'S NEXT?

Watson’s recruitment won’t be ending soon. He says his current plan is to play out the travel season with the Georgia Stars and see where he’s at when August rolls around. At that point, he’ll get it down to around five schools and move forward with official visits. A decision will happen after he’s done with visits.

RIVALS’ REACTION

Georgia Tech seems to have momentum in his recruitment as the Yellow Jackets have turned up the heat on him since the coaching staff change. Granted, it’s not terribly hard for him to get to McCamish Pavilion, but it’s still important for Josh Pastner to get as much face time as possible with a top in-state target.

Georgia having Hagans on board certainly helps as he knows he’ll have a talented distributor to get him the ball. Originally from North Carolina, NC State could be a serious player here as well. Watson admitted North Carolina was his favorite school growing up, but said that’s not going to be a part of the recruiting process for him.