Malik Watson didn't hesitate Thursday morning when he received a scholarship offer from his "dream school" and the Contra Costa College quarterback gave his commitment to play at San Jose State.
Watson, a former Pittsburg High standout, will enroll for the spring semester and join the Spartans for spring football. He threw for 2,636 yards, 18 touchdowns and 13 interceptions this past season while helping Contra Costa go 7-4. He has three years to play his remaining two seasons.
Watson calls himself a big fan of San Jose State football who attended four home games this past season.
"They knew me, saw my face a lot," Watson said. "I was a huge fan of them. They were recruiting me for a little bit. I was always on their board."
He wasn't sure if an offer was going to come through though and recently began exploring options. Then a call came in Thursday morning from a San Diego area code. He thought it might've been from his aunt who lives down there, but instead it was SJSU coach Ron Caragher.
"He started asking me some questions. He wanted to get to know me some more," Watson said. "After about 5 minutes, he just said. 'I want to extend a scholarship offer to you.' I was immediately in tears of joy. It's been my dream school, ever since high school."
Watson will join a competition to replace standout David Fales at quarterback. Senior Blake Jurich, the backup the past two years, and junior Joe Gray will be the main competition along with Ian Fieber, an incoming true freshman from Mission Viejo High who is expected to sign. Redshirt sophomore Jason Habash and fellow walk-on Austen Fales -- the younger brother of David Fales -- could also join the mix.
"They just told me to come in fired and ready to go and just to compete," Watson said. "That's what I want -- an oppportunity to compete for the starting position. That's why I'm fired up."
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