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Welcome to the Fold: Ryan Watson

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Things are looking up Boiler fans. We got ourselves a nice shiny 4-star recruit. Ryan Watson is his name and rushing the passer is his game. The man from Olney, Maryland picked us over Pittsburgh.

He had offers from a lot of other schools and is a solid 4-star. He's the 17th ranked defensive end in the nation and at 6'3 and 270 pounds, he's ready to play right away. Our pass rush struggled this season but Ryan Russell had a great bowl game and he and Watson could give us a great push off the edge.

The curse of the 4-star is well-known to us fans. We haven't a player that has truly lived up to the 4-star status in God knows how long. For as goofy as Danny Hope can be during practice and on game day, he is a heck of a recruiter. This will give our class a MAJOR bump. Top 5 in the Big 10 anyone? I'm gonna say so.

I found junior year highlights and I was impressed. First team all state as a junior is not too shabby. He put some VICIOUS hits on the quarterback and running back. He has a nose for the ball. This is a great get for Purdue and a great overall week. Little Caesar Bowl win on Tuesday, win the Big 10 opener on Wednesday and get Watson into the fold on Thursday.

Great end to 2011!

Ryan Watson - 2010 Junior Football Highlights - Good Counsel HS - Maryland (via 1ElmoSuper)