Watson's long road leads to Tallahassee 

January, 25, 2012
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Florida State has received a commitment for Saddleback Junior College (Mission Viejo, Calif.) offensive tackle Menelik Watson, according to multiple sources.

He was born in Manchester, England, and played soccer as a youth. Watson originally signed a basketball scholarship with Marist. After two season with the program, he moved to San Diego, Calif. hoping to find a place to play football. There, he attended a combine, measured in at 6-foot-6, 308-pounds, and ran a 4.72 40-yard dash, according to reports.

After exploding onto the recruiting scene, Watson picked up scholarship offers from Florida State, Auburn, California, Rutgers, Washington and San Diego State with other programs such as USC, Oklahoma and Oregon showing interest, multiple sources report.