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East St. Louis linebacker Kyron Watson commits to KU football team

Updated: 2013-05-15T01:45:20Z

By RUSTIN DODD

The Kansas City Star

It’s not often that a highly recruited high school football player cancels a campus visit to Michigan and then commits to Kansas. But that’s what Kyron Watson, a 6-foot, 226-pound linebacker, did on Tuesday.

Watson, a native of East St. Louis, Ill., offered his verbal commitment to KU, according to Rivals.com. He becomes the second commitment in Kansas’ 2014 class, joining Gardner Edgerton running back Traevohn Wrench, a four-star recruit.

It’s an early coup for Kansas coach Charlie Weis, who relied heavily on juco players in his last class. Watson, a three-star recruit ranked as the 19th best linebacker in the country, already had offers from a list of schools that included Michigan, Missouri, TCU and Illinois, according to Rivals. But KU running backs coach Reggie Mitchell made a strong connection in the recruiting process. Watson also has a relationship with KU running back Tony Pierson, who attended the same high school in East St. Louis.

“When I went down there, I talked to (Pierson) about his experience at Kansas,” Watson told Rivals.com. “He said he fell in love with KU. When I went on the visit that’s what I did.”

To reach Rustin Dodd, call 816-234-4937 or send email to rdodd@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/rustindodd.

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