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Calvert Hall running back BJ Watson commits to Harvard

Calvert Hall running back BJ Watson commits to Harvard
Calvert Hall's BJ Watson carries the ball in a sprint towards the sidelines against St. Frances during a football game at Calvert Hall on Oct 2. (Brian Krista / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Calvert Hall running back BJ Watson, a rising senior who has a 95.38 unweighted academic average on a 100-point scale, has committed to play football at Harvard.

Watson announced his commitment Monday on Twitter and thanked God as well as his family, coaches and teachers "who helped develop me as a student athlete."

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"BJ's a very good football player and really, really fast and all that, but one of the things that gets lost sometimes in this process is what an awesome kid he is," Calvert Hall coach Donald Davis said. "He's a competitor in every way, shape and form. He competes with himself, works hard in the classroom and he's a character kid. I couldn't be more excited for him to have this type of opportunity -- 99.99999 percent of the population won't ever have an opportunity to set foot on Harvard's campus, let alone matriculate there as a student."

Watson's academic average is 97 when weighted, according to his Twitter page. It's considered an unweighted 4.0.

Last season, Watson ran for 91 yards in the 6-0 Turkey Bowl victory over Loyola and he finished the season with 803 yards and more than 115 carries. Although he didn't get a chance to play there last season, Davis said Watson is also a very strong defensive back and that he will play on both sides of the ball this fall.

Watson, at 5-feet-9 and 185 pounds will, however, be a running back for the Crimson, which went 9-1 last season and shared the Ivy League title. Harvard has won at least a share of the past three Ivy championships.

"The key to his game is speed," Davis said. "He's a speed merchant and now he's added another element. Because he got licked up last year, we held him out of indoor track for the better part of the season, so he was able to hone in and focus in the weight room. He put on almost 20 pounds -- and he got faster."

Watson is the second Cardinals player to commit in two days. Linebacker Tyshon Fogg announced his commitment to Rutgers Sunday afternoon.

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