FSU Offers TX DE Landyn Watson

Hutto, TX standout defensive end Landyn Watson is nearing 30 offers as his senior season approaches. Florida State is one of the latest programs to enter his recruitment as they search for players to fill their pass-rushing needs. We caught up with Watson to talk about his recent offer from FSU and to see how his recruitment is progressing before he plays his last season of high school ball.

Landyn Watson has quietly been one of the more heavily recruited players in Texas for the 2021 class. The current 3-star end is a high motor player that has the ability to line up as a traditional rush end and also stand up as an outside linebacker. Despite not having a spring practice to show off his growth as a player Landyn sits at nearly 30 offers.

“Recruiting has definitely been harder not being able to visit schools which has made it more of a challenge,” explained Watson. “There’s been a lot of thought and prayer. Some schools like Tennessee, Michigan, Arkansas and Cal have been after me heavily. I didn’t have a spring but I do have like 29 or 30 offers. There were some schools that said they wanted to see me in person before they offered so they’ve held back.”

Watson has started the process of trimming his list down but is staying open to the recruiting process. The offer from FSU is his newest one, and it is an offer he plans to really consider.

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“I’m pretty wide open but I have been narrowing down my list,” said Watson. “The schools I haven’t heard from or have stopped recruiting me are out. I released a final 6 of Arizona State, TCU, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Cal, and Arkansas. The FSU offer is new so I can’t determine yet where they fall but it is definitely an offer I’m going to consider.”

“We’ve been talking for a few months,” Watson continued about FSU. “Before the outbreak they were evaluating me. I’ve been talking to Coach Fuller and Coach J.P. I got on FaceTime with both of them. What I really liked is that they’re on the same page – they both talked the same way about me so they have great communication as a staff. They like my strength and what I can do overall. They’re moving from a 3-4 to a 4-3 defense and they need pass rushers. I want to see them on a visit to see if it fits me and my family. It’s a well known school and they have a winning culture.”

One of the main recruiters for Landyn is current FSU commitment Hunter Washington. The cornerback commitment has been talking to Landyn about FSU for a while, and he says he’s listening to what his friend is saying.

“Hunter has been talking to me about FSU for a while,” said Washington. “He’s saying the same things the coaches are saying, that they need to add pieces to their class. I’m really listening. It says something that what others are saying about FSU, the coaches are saying. That tells me it’s really what it is.”

The 6’2 ½”, 232-pound defender thinks he’s able to do things on the field that others at his position can’t.

“My versatility makes me stand out,” said Watson. “I can stand up or drop back. When I play 5-technique I face a lot of double teams. I can make the plays the defense needs when they need it. I can cover a running back out of the backfield.”

Landyn plans to major in communications with a focus on becoming a sports broadcaster.  He plans on going through his entire senior season and not graduate early.

When visits are allowed Watson plans to visit FSU, Arizona State, Cal, Arkansas and Tennessee.

Stay tuned as we track Landyn’s senior season.

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