- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
Several states are represented on Boise State’s roster. New Jersey is not one of them. They do find themselves in the top group of one prospect from the Garden State, though.
Defensive tackle Marquise Watson (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic) reports a handful of offers including FBS programs Maryland, Miami (Ohio) and Temple. Colgate, Lafayette and Monmouth have also offered.
The Broncos have not, but Watson made a visit to Boise and the Broncos are among Watson’s favorites along with those three FBS programs to offer and Pittsburgh and Rutgers.
“Coach [Pete] Kwiatkowski, the defensive coordinator there, he saw my film and called [Paramus Catholic] coach [Chris] Partridge and was like, ‘I love that kid,’ ” Watson said. “They’re just waiting because with most D-I schools they want to see your highlight after three games, but with Boise State they’re going to wait until the end of my senior season.”
Watson admitted there area is significantly different from the densely populated North Jersey area, but he liked what he saw while visiting.
“The campus is beautiful and they are a family over there,” he said, “and the blue turf is always a plus.”
Most programs are interested in Watson as a 3-technique along the defensive line, meaning he would line up on the outside shoulder of the offensive guard and is responsible for that gap.
That is where Pitt likes him, and Watson said he could have an offer from the Panthers if his ACT score meets the coaches’ expectations.
Watson said Rutgers coach Kyle Flood initially had some concerns about his 6-foot, 255-pound stature but could be willing to look past it.
Watson leads Paramus Catholic in tackles.