March 23, 2019

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Diamond in the Rough: Calvin Watson, Walker High School

Calvin Watson is a defensive back for Walker High School in Walker, LA. Calvin has great coverage skills and can come up and make hard hitting tackles in space, making him a great run support corner. He uses his speed and ball hawking vision to force turnovers. He had 7 interceptions during his junior season.


Height: 5’8

Weight: 170lbs

Bench: 225

Squat: 365

40 Time: 4.5

GPA: 3.0


Here is his highlight film:



When did you start playing football?

My 6th grade year at North Corbin Junior High School. I wanted to play with my friends. I was always athletic and when I started to play football I just continued to get better and better. Been playing football ever since that year and now heading into my senior year I have so much to look forward to.


What do you love about football?

I just love the game of football itself. Like how physical it is and all the work you put into it to be a great player. Football has always been my favorite sport. I love the atmosphere the crowd brings to the game, especially when you make a big play.


What style of player are you?

I’m more of a coverage player, can come up and make the tackle. I consider myself as a ball hawk type player. I force a lot of turnovers. I cover their number one receiver every game. Our district is tough with teams like Zachary and Scotlandville, they usually bring it. The competition is tough but I look forward to it. Facing teams like that will give me opportunities to prove myself.


Play any other sports?

Yes, I play basketball for our high school as well.


I see you make plays at both corner and safety? What is your better position?

Really, I’m good at both positions. If there is a good receiver, I will play corner and cover him while someone would move to my spot at safety. It all depends on the team’s personnel that we are playing against. Wherever you need me to play at I will. I could play safety or cornerback and still feel comfortable.


How do you feel your Junior year went?

It went great, besides the fact that we could not get past the 1st round. Played against Landry Walker in the playoffs. Had a lot of good plays but I feel I could have got more tackles and more interceptions. A key moment during my Junior year for me was when we shut out Denham Springs 20-0. I had got a pick 6 to seal the deal and help win the game for my team.


One thing you want to improve on this off-season?

I would say, my speed, coverage skills, tackling, continue to get stronger to make harder licks.


What are you looking forward to the most for your Senior year?

Winning a state championship with my team is the only thing on mind for next season.


Have you attended any camps?

No sir. But this summer I plan to go to a couple camps. A Southern coach came to my high school and invited me to their showcase. I can’t wait to get out there and showcase my skills.


What would college coaches be most impressed about you?

My coverage skills and hustle, I never give up on plays. I watch a lot of film. My mindset is what they would be most impressed about. I really want it and you can tell I do when you watch me play.


What would you want to major in while in college?

I haven’t figured that out yet. Still thinking about all my options.


Twitter account: @calvinwatson_14