Kenny Watson is one of the best players from the Port St. Lucie, FL area in the Class of 2019.
The 6-foot, 180-pound Watson, who attends Centennial High School, is a dynamic player that works as a cornerback.
No matter the opponent, on each snap Watson is determined to give it his all.
Watson is going all out.
The motor is always at full throttle whenever Watson steps between the lines.
“My goal is to just get better and make everyone around me better. My mindset at my position is to be a dog on the field and make plays when we need them and just play two steps ahead of the team we happen to be playing that week,” Watson said. “I want my opponent to have to earn everything they get. I refuse to give anything less than my all.”
Watson has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the gridiron. Watson tells why he enjoys the game of football so much.
“What I love the most about football is probably the physicality. I love going to make a tackle or a big hit even though I’m a cornerback and people don’t expect it,” Watson said. “I enjoy the bond of brotherhood with my teammates and hearing everyone cheer in the stands when we make make big plays.”
Watson has learned many valuable lessons from playing football that he applies to his everyday life.
The main one is applying perspective to all situations.
“Playing football has taught so much about life in general,” Watson said. “Football has taught me a lot of things, mainly about responsibility because your teammates depend on you out there and you can’t let your brothers down.”
Watson recalls his favorite football memory.
“My favorite memory of football is probably my first real varsity game, just the atmosphere and being out on the field with my teammates. There’s nothing like that feeling,” Watson said. “There’s nothing like being in the locker room after a victory and celebrating with your squad.”
Codi Vick is in his second season coaching Watson for Centennial High School.
Vick explains the best parts of Watson’s game.
“I love his physicality. He’s a great tackler and he’s not afraid of the ball and takes on blockers very well. He makes plays no matter the situation and you can never have too many guys like that on your roster,” Vick said. “He has great patience at cornerback and he’s very coachable. When I came in he didn’t have great technique but he’s made plenty of strides because of his desire to improve.”
Watson takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Watson makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.
“I demonstrate being a good teammate by leading by example. People will follow you if you’re doing the right thing and taking care of business on and off the field,” Watson said. “The best advice I’ve given my teammates would probably be to keep up with your grades and make sure that’s all good before they even try to talk about college football.”
Vick adds that Watson is one of those consummate teammates that every squad needs to be successful.
“He’s a lead by example type of player. He’s not the most vocal leader on the team but through his play he shows how great of a leader he is,” Vick said. “Everyone looks up to him because of how hard he plays in practice and on game day. Being a senior, he shows the young guys the way things need to get done.”
Watson is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.
“I learned a lot from the coaching staff. They’re like family. I mean, they taught me how to be a better man and just control what you can control they place a lot of responsibility on me and I thrive for it,” Watson said. “The best advice my coaches have given me would probably have to be make plays when they come because the opportunity isn’t always there.”
Vick is an advocate of Watson’s capabilities.
“I don’t think he’s allowed a completion on his side in man coverage this season,” Vick said. “He gets interceptions and deflections often. He does a great job.”
In addition to making clutch plays, Watson also has a high level of football IQ as well.
Watson has excellent football awareness that puts him in position to thrive.
“He’s a very smart football player with excellent football IQ,” Vick said. “When we’re in Cover 3 he doesn’t let anybody get deep behind him. When we’re in Cover 2 he’s very physical. When we’re in man he’s aggressive. He shows a great knowledge of the game and you don’t have to explain anything to him twice.”
Watson is on the grind to perfect and hone his craft in any way possible.
“He’s a very hard worker on the field and in the weight room,” Vick said. “You never have to ask him to do anything. He just knows what he needs to do and does it.
Vick explains why he believes Watson is similar to this player.
“I see him as a Chris Harris Jr. because he’s a guy that’s underrated and people don’t realize how great he is,” Vick said. “He’s solid, a great tackler and great in coverage. Kenny plays with three other guys that have D-1 offers and his contributions are valuable to the unit.”
Watson patterns his game after this player.
“I look up to Jalen Ramsey,” Watson said. “I love the way he talks trash then just goes on the field and dominates in between the lines.”
Watson is constantly striving for greatness in everything that he does.
“On the field my goal is simple and that’s to be the best. Off the field I got the same mentality,” Watson said. ”I want to make my family proud of me in all that I do as a player and a person.”
Watson lists english as his favorite subject in school.
“I love writing essays and learning about the different types of literature,” Watson said.
Vick outlines the next areas of improvement for Watson.
“Just continuing to get better as a cover man. He’s 100 times better than he was when he first started playing here,” Vick said. “Just to continue learning the coverages and perfect his technique. All of that comes with time.”
Vick believes the sky is the limit as long as Watson continues to stay hungry.
“He’s an FBS player,” Vick said. “He’s kind of undersized but I know if he gets the chance he can play at the D-1AA level because of his heart and determination.”
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