RIO RANCHO, N.M. — What kind of summer torture is this for a high school senior-to-be: No cheeseburgers and no sodas?
“It’s been crazy,” says two-sport Cleveland High standout Clayton Watson III, whom everyone just calls Tre. “We’ve all been trying to stick together to be our best, do our school stuff, stay together.”
And this isn’t just any senior, mind you: Watson was a first-team All-State selection in football and basketball last season, and a second-team All-State in football as a sophomore. Oh, and he was MaxPreps’ Male Athlete of the Year in New Mexico.
Except for missing seven games last season with a broken arm — suffered on the field before halftime in the Storm’s opener, he’s had a glorious past with a promising future. He counted up 13 college offers — all for football, with one Division 1 school, the University of New Mexico, telling him he could also play basketball. And two schools, New Mexico State and San Diego State, have offered him basketball scholarships.