Buford forward Marcus Watson
Photo: AJC photo by Stan Awtrey
Photo: AJC photo by Stan Awtrey

Georgia Tech target Marcus Watson to announce choice Sunday

Buford High guard to reveal choice at 7 p.m.

Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner has asserted that the 2019 signing class needs to be great. What Buford High guard Marcus Watson announces Sunday could go a long way to determining how likely that is.

Watson, a four-star prospect rated as high as No. 45 in the class, has indicated that he will make public his decision between Tech, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Oregon at 7 p.m. Sunday. It’s believed that the two most likely candidates are Tech and Oklahoma State.

Watson may have given a hint of his intentions Friday night, as he attended the team’s “Live at the Thrillerdome” event at McCamish Pavilion when the Yellow Jackets’ new Adidas uniforms were revealed.

Watson is a prospect with whom the Tech coaching staff has spent no shortage of time cultivating a relationship. He is probably the most important target for Pastner in the 2019 class. He would be the first high-profile in-state prospect to choose Tech in Pastner’s tenure, now going into its third season.

However, Oklahoma State has made a strong push, and the Cowboys have a connection that Tech can’t match. Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton is Watson’s cousin.

Tech does not yet have a commitment for the 2019 class, one of only three ACC schools in that situation. (Notre Dame and Pittsburgh are the two others.)

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