Just hours after TCU’s 2020 revised schedule was announced, the Frogs got more good news on the recruiting front. 3-star defensive end Landyn Watson has pledged himself to the Horned Frogs.
Watson hails from Hutto, Texas, and is the #56 player from Texas, and the #28 defensive end in the 2021 recruiting class, according to the 247 Sports Composite Rankings. He becomes the highest-rated recruit in the class for TCU, and the second defensive lineman alongside Chris Murray.
Watson held 30 offers, including from LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Virginia Tech, Florida State, Arkansas, Arizona State, and Cal. He spent about six months in 2019 committed to LSU before reopening his recruitment.
247 Sports’ Gabe Brooks has this to say about Watson:
Power Five-caliber edge defender with defensive end experience and build of a hybrid player. Adequate height and broad build. Wingspan has not been verified, but does not look overly long. Should still have enough space for some good weight in college. Plays odd-front end for high school team, but projects better to an even-front end role. Also has stood up occasionally and could fit the physical profile. High-motor player who makes a lot of effort plays. Active and engaged against the run. Shows encouraging pad level and leverage. Assignment aware. Strong at the point of attack. Closes well on a line. Solid tackler. Must improve get-off consistency. Can improve balance, body control, and lateral fluidity. Needs to expand pass-rushing arsenal. Won’t be able to rely on motor and superior athletic traits as much at the next level. Could be a ‘tweener with limited physical ceiling. Power Five-caliber edge defender with potential scheme and position flexibility. Flat-out football player who could become multi-year starter in right situation.
Frogs fans saw relatively disappointing play from the defensive line in 2019, after getting used to dominant trench play on that side of the football under Gary Patterson. Now it seems like reinforcements are on the way, in the form of Landyn Watson.
Welcome to the Frog Fam, Landyn!