Los Angeles Preps: Terrell Watson

LA North: Oxnard's Terrell Watson piles up the yards

November, 1, 2010

Sean Ceglinsky/Special to ESPNLA.com
Despite his big numbers, Oxnard's Terrell Watson has not been receiving the kind of recruiting attention one might expect.

OXNARD -- When conversations about the Southland's premier running back take place, the name Terrell Watson is rarely mentioned. The distinction of the top tailback around is typically reserved for the likes of Norco's Kelsey Young, Los Angeles Loyola's Jared Baker or Compton Dominguez's Will Gregory.

After taking a glance at the numbers, which tends to weigh rather heavily in these types of discussions, it’s blatantly obvious Watson is deserving of some additional recognition. After all, the 6-foot-2, 210-plus pound senior on the Oxnard High football team has been seemingly unstoppable this season.

Watson has gained 1,978 yards on 282 carries and scored 25 touchdowns in eight games. The bottom line is Watson's days of being overlooked seem to be on the verge of coming to an end.

“Terrell is about as underrated as they come, but that doesn’t bother him, he’s still going to go out there and do his job better than most backs in the state,’’ Oxnard coach Mark Beckham said. “The thing about Terrell is, he hasn’t scratched the surface yet. There’s no telling how good, how great, this kid can be.

“No one works harder than him. He’s always the first guy at our practices and the last one to leave. Terrell is constantly studying film and looking for ways to improve. He is his toughest critic. ... He takes a lot of pride in the things he does. That's what makes him special. The proof is in the pudding, you can't argue with the success he's had.’’

It’s worth noting Watson has picked up 200 or more rushing yards six different times, although his 238 yards on 40 carries with two touchdowns on Friday night wasn’t quite enough to prevent a 35-28 Pacific View League loss to Camarillo. All, however, is not lost for Oxnard (6-2, 2-1).

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