Recruiting Profile: LB Pierson Watson (Class of 2023)

Pierson Watson is the newest recruit to commit to play for BYU football.  He announced his commitment today, as reported on Twitter:

Watson is a 6-foot-3 210 pound linebacker that preps at Coconino High School (Flagstaff, Arizona), where in eight games as a junior he had three receptions for 46 yards and a touchdown, 45 tackles (34 solo) with seven tackles for loss, one fumble recovery, and two sacks (MaxPreps).  As a sophomore he had 36 tackles (17 solo) with 8.5 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, and five sacks.

Watson loves to lift and is a member of the 1100 pound club.  He also plays on the basketball team.

Watson is rated 3-stars by 247Sports (0.8156), and holds scholarship offers from Air Force, Nevada, Northern Arizona, and South Dakota, with interest from Arizona.

His father Nathan played D1 basketball at the University of Idaho and his younger brother Enoch took over the starting role at quarterback as a sophomore at Coconino.

Watson chose BYU because he:

“Grew up going to the games (watching my uncles play) and it’s always been a dream of mine.  The staff is amazing and I really hit it off with coach Clune and Kalani… I love what they are doing in Provo, especially with moving to the Big 12.”

Watson plans on serving an LDS mission and may graduate early as a mission first player. He will suit up for the Cougs in fall 2025.

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