Oxnard’s record-breaking running back is hoping his chance to party comes soon

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As most of the county’s top senior football players gathered for lunch on Wednesday afternoon at the Palm Graden Hotel in Newbury Park, Terrell Watson sat in a classroom at Oxnard High.

Watson wasn’t able to join the celebration for National Signing Day, but the record-breaking running back is hoping his chance to party comes soon.

Coaches from Azusa Pacific University have expressed interest in Watson, and the two-way standout is in the process of filling out financial aid forms for the NAIA school.

“I am excited about it. When I found out they wanted me to go there really bad it made my day,” Watson said. “It’s not going to a Division I or Division II school that matters to me. It’s more about getting an education, getting out of here and going to a four-year school.”

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Watson rushed for a school-record 2,905 yards and 38 touchdowns in 369 carries this year for the Yellowjackets. On defense, he finished with 100 tackles and three interceptions from his linebacker position.

Watson wasn’t able to sign with a major program because he didn’t meet the academic requirements of the NCAA Clearinghouse.

“I was missing some classes that I didn’t have time to make up this school year,” he said.

But Azusa Pacific inquired about Watson during an East-West All-Star Game last month, when Watson scored three touchdowns and was named the West team’s Most Valuable Player.

“He took the SAT a couple of weeks ago and is doing all the paperwork, so hopefully it can work out,” Oxnard head coach Mark Beckham said. “NAIA is a whole different ball game and it would be a great deal if he can make it there. He could be a star at a school like that.”

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