Campus Corner

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

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 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 “He said he fell in love with KU. When I went on the visit that’s what I did.”