When Luke Watson finished the longest football season of his life, the Southern Nash senior thought he had played his final snaps.

“After a long season and everything, I did kind of get tired of it,” Watson said. “I guess looking back I had a lot on my mind. I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do (after high school) because I was unsure. I was considering a trade, but I knew I had these offers to keep playing football.”

Watson recently agreed to play football at N.C. Wesleyan College, which won out over several other colleges, including a couple fellow USA South Conference members. Watson took visits to Averett University and Ferrum College, and also fielded an offer from Methodist University.

What set the Bishops apart, Watson said, was the proximity to 金殿国际棋牌-首页 (about a 30-minute drive), and a sincere interest from the coaching staff.

Watson played center at the varsity level for the Firebirds for the past two seasons, including this past fall when Southern Nash advanced to the Class 3-A championship game for the first time in program history.

The Firebirds ran off a perfect 15-0 record while conquering the 3-A East, before losing in the title game.

The 5-foot-11, 255-pound senior was the linchpin of a standout offensive line that cleared the way for a punishing running game led by all-state running back Quinton Cooley, who finished the year with 3,058 rushing yards and 49 rushing touchdowns.

Watson said he hopes to play the same position in college, but noted that he is comfortable anywhere on the line. He played all five positions, from tackle to guard to center, ever since he started with age group football.

“I’ve played tight end to tight end and there’s a lot of different stuff that goes on,” Watson said. “It comes natural to me. At center, you make the calls and call out the blocking scheme, but sometimes you go out there every position has the same job. And I’m sure at the next level in college there’s going to be a lot more going on.”

Watson said he is still unsure about what he will study at NCWC, though a business track sounds appealing. He also said that he had a trade in mind if he decided not to pursue more football.

“During this semester at school I was taking a Nash Community College welding class and I was good at it,” Watson said. “Some other buddies of mine are planning to go into some sort of trade, and I can always go back and do that. This way I can extend my football career and still get a four-year degree.”