Sources have informed us that tight end Lansford Watson will transfer to Florida International next fall, where he will take graduate classes and play his last year of eligibility. Watson will probably have to sit out a year due to NCAA rules, but he is planning on playing his final collegiate season as a Golden Panther.
Our sources tell us Watson will stay at College Park through the spring semester, earning his undergraduate degree before heading down to Miami.
The tight end was hurt last year and was unable to play as a junior, but finishes his career as a Terp with 17 receptions and 181 yards. Maryland currently is left with Matt Furstenburg, Devonte Campbell, Dave Stinebaugh, Ryan Schlothauer (a walk-on) and Cole Farrand (who may play linebacker) at the tight end position. Watson would have likely competed for a starting position next season with Furstenburg, Campbell, and Stinebaugh.
Watson was recruited by Randy Edsall and UConn coming out of high school, and reportedly was not happy with Maryland’s coaching change.