Regarded as the fastest player in the state of Louisiana last season ... can be an immediate game-changer on the base paths and will provide versatility in the infield and outfield ... has a quick bat with a very level swing that stays through the zone ... has been an infielder throughout his career but could project as a speed outfielder.
Prior to LSU
Ranked No. 1 in Louisiana and No. 139 in the Class of 2016 by Perfect Game ... named to the 2016 ABCA/Rawlings High School All-Region Team, Perfect Game All-Region Team and USA Today All-Louisiana Team ... four-year starter at West Ouachita High School in West Monroe, La., where he batted over .400 each year with 31 career homers ... batted .481 in 2016 with 18 doubles, four triples, 10 homers, 28 stolen bases and only eight strikeouts ... also pitched as a closer in 2016, recording seven saves and helping West Ouachita reach the state final game ... a three-time first team All-State selection and four-time All-District selection, and was named 2016 District MVP ... earned All-Northeast Louisiana Big School Player of the Year honors three years in a row, becoming the first player to receive the honor in multiple years.
Full name is Zachary Layne Watson ... parents are Sonny and Stacey Watson ... father is a self-employed painter, mother is a certified public accountant ... has two older siblings, Kris and Marley ... majoring in sport administration at LSU ... born June 25, 1997, in West Monroe, La.