Coaches from the SEC love LaShun Watson. Coaches from both basketball and football that is. The 6-foot-5, 190-pound wing from Greenville (Ga.) High School knows he's got some big decisions to make regarding his future. For now, though, he's enjoying the summer and continuing to develop into one of the most versatile players in the Southeast.
The three-star hoops prospect has a lot to consider. As a long bodied and athletic receiver, Watson is the new breed of wide out. On the gridiron, he's used his basketball skills to raise up for receptions over cornerbacks and safeties. On the hardwood, he's been a national recruit since his sophomore season.
"It's something I'm going to have to think about," Watson said of his impending decision to play one sport in college. Watson told Rivals.com he will likely go the hoops route and just enjoy his final year of high school football.
Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU, and Tennessee have been recruiting the class of 2006 product the longest. Both Alabama and Auburn have offered a basketball scholarship, he said. So has UAB.
Florida and Kentucky have started to show some interest in the spring Watson said and he's watching the Wildcats because he holds a football scholarship offer from them.
"I'm just taking the wait and see approach," Watson said. "I'd like to take some visits in the fall, catch some football games and stuff like that. Then I'd like to make a decision after that."
Watson will make a return appearance to the adidas Superstar camp at the start of July.
"I haven't been shooting the ball all that well but I've been playing great defense and finding my role in other ways," Watson said. "I try to show that I've got some versatility."
He's got plenty of versatility. Watson is a solid ball-handler with underrated court vision plays a point forward position with the Atlanta Celtics. In fact, he may be one of the most versatile players in the Southeast.
"I see myself competing with the best. That's what this is all about," Watson said. "I know I have to step my game up and give my best. I've got to give it all I got."