I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Landyn Watson was the player I had to have in this recruiting cycle.
Well, we got him.
At 6’3” and 235 pounds already, Watson looks like he has been cut out of the mold of the perfect Gary Patterson defensive end. Add in a dash of speed, a little bit of heart, and a big ol’ mean streak, and you have the makings of a guy TCU fans are going to love watching for years to come.
It doesn’t hurt that he’s been the Frogs’ top recruiter since he committed back in August, either.
As a junior, Watson compiled 50 tackles, including 14 tackles for loss, seven sacks, two forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and two defensive touchdowns for Hutto High School, thrusting him into the spotlight and earning him offers from 30 schools, including LSU, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, and Michigan. As a senior? 50 tackles, 26 tackles for loss and a ridiculous 15.5 sacks. Despite the offers coming in from all over the country, the Texas product stayed in state, signing with a program that he called “a perfect fit”. He plays with an incredible motor, gets to the quarterback in a myriad of ways, and marks his versatility as one of his best features. Midland Recruiting Analyst Gabe Brooks of 247 Sports says of Watson that he’s a “flat-out football player who could become multi-year starter in right situation.” TCU is as about as much the right situation as you could hope for.
He looks the part already, and much like Khari Coleman — a player he reminds me a lot of — he could see the field very early for TCU. He certainly has the natural talent and the work ethic, and seems very much like a kid who will have his nose in the playbook and his eyes in the film room as often as possible.
I’m a huge fan of this kid. I bet you will be, too.
While we wait to see him in purple, watch him wreck some high school kids while regularly facing double and triple teams. You’ll enjoy it.
See you in the Carter, Mr. Watson.