Watson to bring versatility to Iowa State’s secondary

By Chris Williams, PublisherFollow Chris on Twitter @ChrisMWilliams

Will Watson, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound defensive back out of Tampa (Fla.) Jefferson is a former state champion. He can also play multiple positions.

Watson told on Friday morning that he’s a Cyclone.

"I committed three days ago," Watson said. "They play in the Big 12. That gives me a chance to go against some great offenses like Oklahoma, Texas and Texas Tech every week."

Watson, who’s high school team won Florida’s 3A state championship last season, has experience at cornerback and strong safety, although he did play more safety as a junior.  It is still unknown as to what he’ll play at Iowa State.

"It is up to me," Watson said. "I play both and they like how I’m fast. They said that I’m a special player because I play two different positions."

"It really doesn’t matter to me. As long as I am on the field."

Watson ended his junior season with 53 tackles and four interceptions. He also returned two kicks and a punt for touchdowns.

Credit Iowa State assistant coach and Florida recruiting ace Shane Burnham for securing this commitment. Watson said that along with Iowa State’s spot in the Big 12 Conference, Burnham was a major selling point for Paul Rhoads’ program.

"He has treated me like family," Watson said. "He told me that I can really have a great impact on the program because the defense fits. He is another reason why I committed to Iowa State."

Watson will begin two-a-days on Monday, as Jefferson will begin its quest to defend its state title on Aug. 26 vs. Tampa Tech.

"The toughest part for us will be getting out of our district," Watson said. "We probably have the hardest district in the state."

Watson chose Iowa State over offers from Bowling Green, Ball State, UAB, Bethune-Cookman and Youngstown State.


Chris Williams


Chris was hired as Cyclone Fanatic’s publisher in the fall of 2009. He is Iowa State football's postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network and can be heard daily from 4-7 on Des Moines' top-rated sports station, 1460 KXnO. Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old ( He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, and is the former sports director at KMA Radio. When Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley, daughter Camryn, and Golden Retriever Dierks. He enjoys golfing, boating, country music, the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.