When Friendship Collegiate’s Justin Watson watches the Super Bowl next week, he might take a little more pride in cheering on the Baltimore Ravens. That’s because, like Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, Watson recently committed to play football at Delaware.

After Delaware cornerbacks coach Henry Baker spotted Watson at a combine this past summer, the Blue Hens have been in hot pursuit of the 5-10, 178-pound defensive back. Following an offer in August and an official visit in December, Watson reciprocated Delaware’s intrigue with a commitment late last month.

“From that day when they first saw me, they’ve really shown a lot of interest and I really liked it when I went to visit,” said Watson, who also attended two games last season. “Looking at the other schools that offered me, it seemed like Delaware gave me the best potential to play early and make an impact.”

Watson, who also had offers from James Madison, Liberty, Hawaii and Northern Illinois, possesses gamebreaking speed that resulted in four punt return touchdowns during his senior campaign for 8-3 Friendship Collegiate.

“He was the fastest player on our team this year and he’s extremely explosive,” Knights Coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim said. “He’s an intelligent kid who is real technically sound and that can give any team added value at the next level.”

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