Michigan Football Recruiting: Brandon Watson (CB) -- 2014 Wolverine Verbal Commit -- Profile

Posted at 8:00am — 7/5/2013

Michigan Football Recruiting: Brandon Watson (CB) — 2014 Wolverine Verbal Commit — Profile

GBMWolverine Readers: Here is an overview of recent verbal commitment Brandon Watson.

Opening Statement:

Two Tri-State Christian Academy athletes, Freddy Canteen and Brandon Watson, visited Michigan’s summer football camp and impressed the coaching staff enough to earn offers. It did not take long for both players to offer a commitment to Michigan.

Much has been made about the nature of Tri-State Christian Academy regarding origin, purpose, and football eligibility as determined by the Maryland High School Commission.

Brandon Watson has good size and apparently impressed Coach Mattison during camp enough that Coach Mattison and Coach Hoke both were comfortable with offering a scholarship.

Brandon Watson
Height: 6’0
Weight: 185
Number: 20
Current Position: Cornerback
Future Position: Cornerback
City/State: Elkton, Maryland
High School: Eastern Christian Academy
Head Coach: Dwayne Thomas
Committed: 6/29/2013
Top 4 other Offers: Boston College, UConn, Rutgers, and Temple.
40-Time: 4.5
Class: 2014 Michigan Wolverine Recruiting Class (Verbal Commit).


24/7: .
ESPN: Not Ranked.
Rivals: .
Scout: Not Ranked.

Note: Stars do matter, but are not absolute in predicting success within a football program. So, with that in mind the GBMWolverine Staff has cleverly come up with a new system of ranking. We are using footballs instead of stars, how can one argue against a system that clever? Below are the interpretations of football power predicted way too boldly long before it matters. In other words, we will give informed opinion with the crystal ball and let the players determine what will happen through years of hard work.

Criteria: Raw talent, athleticism, position of need, intangibles.

GBMWolverine Rankings:

10 footballs: Instant impact player.
9 footballs: Three or four-year starter at a high level.
8 footballs: A starter with all league potential.
7 footballs: A meaningful starter at some time during a career.
6 footballs: A spot starter or special teams player.
5 footballs: Not in the two deep after a two years.
4 footballs: Never made it.
1-3 footballs: See the above.

Side Note:

Remember just as we did during the season with grading positions or groups we are very tough graders and expect a lot out of those positions or players so this is no different here.


Brandon is a high level athlete with a very good overall skill set. He is a solid package of size, speed and skill. Brandon probably could play either cornerback or strong safety at UM. Brandon has decent height, but he compensates with other skills and jumping ability. No grade point average has been stated, but his head coach stated that Brandon has a strong grade point average.


Brandon is an uber aggressive and physical corner. He uses his hands to jam well and has enough speed to maintain proper deep leverage. Brandon changes direction well, had good anticipation and shows excellent break on the ball. He excels at both man and zone coverage. Brandon has excellent agility and is loose in his movements despite a thick build.

Needs Work / Concerns:

Brandon plays mostly man in high school so his run support will need some work, so will his tackling.
Red-shirt or play his Freshman Year?

GBMWolverine believes he will definitely red-shirt his first year, but because of his physical maturity, Brandon could play if needed.

Brandon Watson reminds the GBMWolverine Staff of — Former Michigan Football Player — Marlin Jackson — (CB/S).

Bottom Line:

This could be a good get; Brandon has the overall athletic ability needed to play in today’s college game.

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Final Thoughts:

We welcome Brandon Watson to Michigan and hope he has a successful career on and off the football field as a student-athlete at the University of Michigan. Go Blue!

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