Houston County receiver Eli Watson committed to Western Illinois on Saturday. The 2017 recruit was one of the leading receivers in the state of Georgia and announced his official commitment on Twitter:
— Eli Watson (@wartownwarrior) January 28, 2017
Watson was offered by the Leathernecks on December 19th, making them his fifth offer to date. He is now their sixth commit for the Class of 2017 based off of 247 Sports’ database, so expect a big National Signing Day for WIU.
With Watson’s commitment, Western Illinois is getting a skilled wide receiver with a lot of game experience for the Houston County Bears. He was a favorite target for Jake Fromm this year and was ninth in the state in yards per game with 109.4, while also scoring four times.
The explosive downfield threat told Recruit Georgia what it’s like to be done with the recruiting process. “It feels great to be done with the process, simply because I don’t have to stress about where I want to go to school at or who wants me where. Now I can focus on other aspects of my life,” Watson said.
Watson’s longest play this year was from 90 yards away—that’s a good distance. His new Western Illinois home is a good distance away, 12 hours to be exact, but where there is opportunity, there is promise, and Watson seized his moment. The Leatherneck fans should be excited; Watson has the skills and size (6’1″, 200 lbs) to be an impact player at the next level immediately.