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Grayson safety with tie to Clemson coach has great visit

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Loganville (Ga.) Grayson 2019 safety Kenyatta Watson II returned to Clemson this past weekend for the Tigers’ game against N.C. State, two weeks after visiting for the Louisville game.

The Clemson Insider caught up with Watson, the son of former Boston College standout wide receiver Kenyatta Watson, about his visit.

“It was fun and it was a great experience,” Watson said. “It always is whenever I go. Seeing the players in action, not just on TV, was something unforgettable.”

“It gets better and better every time I go,” he added.

While on campus, Watson had the opportunity to talk to his former high school head coach at Grayson, Mickey Conn, who accepted a position on Clemson’s staff as a senior defensive assistant in March 2016.

Watson was also able to chat with Clemson defensive backs coach Mike Reed.

“Just talking about how I’m doing at the school and keep doing what I’m doing,” Watson said of his conversation with Reed, “and trying to get me back up in the summer.”

Watson has a unique connection with Reed.

Watson’s dad played with Reed at Boston College during the 1993 and 1994 seasons. Watson played at the school from 1993-96, while Reed was there from 1991-94.

Watson II said he has heard a lot about Reed from his dad.

“My dad said he is a great person and was a harder worker,” Watson II said. “I can tell by the way he coaches his players. He pushes them hard and shows them love. I like how he teaches and gets on them.

“I hope I get the chance to be coached by him.”

Watson’s dad, who also briefly played in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys, has been a good mentor to Watson II as both a player and recruit.

“My dad keeps everything real,” Watson II said. “He just tries to explain to me the process. Tells me that I have to find my fit academically first, and he wants me to love who loves me. He doesn’t let me get caught up in the hype.”

Watson, just a sophomore, owns early offers from Boston College, Central Michigan, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Syracuse, Tennessee, Tulane and Vanderbilt.

He’s hopeful Clemson will join that list in the future.

“The offer I want the most and I know my parents want is Clemson,” Watson said. “My mom loved it.”

Watson said Nebraska and Tennessee are currently recruiting him the hardest.

The 6-foot-2, 170-pounder plans to get back to Clemson for the game against Syracuse on Nov. 5.

He is also set for a visit to Alabama this weekend and trips to Notre Dame and Michigan this season. Along with Clemson, he has been to Tennessee, Florida State, Alabama, Florida and Georgia Tech so far.

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