Robby Watson Signs National Letter of Intent with Southern Miss

MACON, Ga. – FPD senior Robby Watson signed a national letter of intent to throw discus and shot put at the University of Southern Mississipi on Thursday morning, Nov. 19, in front of family, friends, faculty and the student body in the Middlebrooks Athletic Center on campus.

The signing marks the first for the Class of 2016 this academic year. Bo Fricks will sign to play baseball at Western Carolina on Dec. 3.

“It’s an awesome feeling to get in here and sign with Southern Miss,” Robby said. “It feels great to know that I’m going to Hattiesburg. I can’t wait and I’m really excited.”

Robby is well deserving of the honor.

In his junior season with the Vikings, Robby, an All-Middle Georgia selection, won the state title in Class-A discus and shot put. His throw of 153-10 in the discus bettered the competition by over five feet.

In the shot put, Robby’s toss of 51-06.25 stood as the best throw at the end of the meet, good enough for his second individual state title of the day.

Robby is thankful for the opportunity and credits multiple outlets of support for his success.

“My mom and dad have been there the whole way,” Robby said. “All my coaches in Marietta, Ga. have helped and definitely Coach (Dave) Sparrow here. He got me started and he’s been really, really important to me along the way.”

Robby’s parents, Keith and Amy, were also glad to see this day come for their son.

“We’re really excited for Robby,” said Robby’s father, Keith. “To see him work so hard, train so hard and accomplish so much is really neat.”

Added Amy, Robby’s mother: “It’s cool for me as his mom to hear the dreams over the past several years and see them come to fruition. We’re all just really proud of him.”

Robby says there’s still work to be done at FPD and Southern Miss.

“Today is just the beginning. I’ve got really big goals for weight this season,” Watson said. “I want to help our team be the best we can be and I want to be an All-American at Southern Miss. That’s the goal. I want to do big things.”

Check for updates on Watson and the FPD Track team this coming spring.

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