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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
ESPN 300 commit sticking with Kansas

By Jared Shanker

An official visit just before signing day had Charlie Weis sweating, but he can now rejoice as he will hold on to one of the highest-rated commitments of his Kansas tenure.

Linebacker Kyron Watson (East St. Louis, Ill./East St. Louis), No. 136 in the ESPN 300, reaffirmed his commitment to the Jayhawks on Tuesday. He told in a text message he was “done with recruiting” and “KU is the home.”

Watson, a four-star recruit and No. 9 among outside linebackers, took an official visit to Syracuse this past weekend and had a visit planned to Illinois beginning Jan. 24. Watson made the trip to see the Orange with his teammate Treevon Prater, who committed to the Orange on the visit. Watson did not renege on his Jayhawks pledge, however, and has canceled his visit to see the Illini.

The Orange have mined the Midwest successfully but were unable to flip Watson late in the cycle.

In May, Watson committed to Kansas over Michigan.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound linebacker has a promising outlook at several positions, his scouting report states. His report also says, “Watson has the size and quickness for the inside linebacker position at the BCS level of competition… [and] his playing speed and coverage skills suggest a move to outside linebacker might be in his future. His athleticism and toughness suggests the ability to be productive doing a variety of jobs as a special teams player.”