The Cougs added another big name to their 2017 recruiting class Monday evening as Charles Watson, a three-star defensive back from Hawaii, announced on KHON2 News that he will play for Washington State at the next level.
The 6-foot-2, 181-pound safety picked the Cougs over offers from Fresno State, Hawaii, Oregon State, San Diego State and Vanderbilt. Watson also held offers from Colorado, San Jose State, UNLV and BYU.
Watson, hailing from Wahiawa, Hawaii, is the No. 3 overall prospect in Hawaii and top 2017 defensive back in the state, according to 24/7 Sports Composite. Scout ranks Watson the No. 14 overall safety in the West and No. 77 overall.
It should come as no surprise that Watson, of Samoan decent, was recruited by Joe Salave’a, who continues to own Island recruiting. If Watson signs with WSU in February, he’ll become the thirteenth prospect from Hawaii or American Samoa to sign with WSU since 2012.
Salave’a wasn’t the only one recruiting the talented defensive back, however, as fellow Washington State commits Isaiah Hodgins, Tyquez Hampton and others have hounded the Hawaiian standout on Twitter in recent weeks as his college decision approached.
Though listed as a safety, Watson likely projects as a cornerback in Alex Grinch's defensive scheme. Watson uses his size well, showcasing great reach, leaping ability and above-average speed. You can view his junior season highlights below.
Watson is the third defensive back to verbally commit to WSU in the 2017 class, joining Tayari Venable and George Hicks. In total, WSU holds 11 commits in the current recruiting class, four of whom are on the defensive side.