Jaylen Watson

Jaylen Watson #1 Defensive Back

Detroit, Mich. / Central Catholic HS

Instagram: @jwat1_
Twitter: @JaylenWatson11

High School Honors
First-team all-state, all-region and all-conference as a senior… earned the team’s Iron Man Award as a junior… recognized as the team’s offensive MVP as a sophomore… team captain as a junior.

High School Career
Two-time football letterman playing defensive back and wide receiver… Toledo Central Catholic claimed a state title, winning all 16 games his senior year… amassed 1,102 receiving yards on 62 catches; 164 rushing yards; 16 total touchdowns; over 15 tackles; four pass break-ups and only one ball caught in coverage as a senior… his 1,102 receiving yards are the most in the Catholic High School League in 2023… had 227 receiving yards and three scores on 24 catches in only four games played… totaled 556 receiving yards and seven touchdowns on 42 receptions as a sophomore.


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  • Born 10/20/2005
  • Pre-business major
  • Honor Roll
  • Parents are Jason Watson and Latoya Pillow
  • Former Hawkeye running back Fred Russell (2001-03) is an uncle
  • High school coach was Greg Dempsey

Recruiting Coach

Headshot of Coach Phil Parker

Phil Parker
Defensive Coordinator/Secondary