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Mississippi State Signee Nathaniel Watson Arrested Following Drag-Racing Accident

A general view of Mississippi State's football field.

STARKVILLE, MS - OCTOBER 11: A general view of Davis Wade Stadium during the game between the Mississippi State Bulldogs and the Auburn Tigers on October 11, 2014 in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Nathaniel Watson, a Mississippi State football signee, is in hot water after being involved in a serious drag-racing accident.

Nathaniel Watson is a three-star athlete/wide receiver out of Maplesville, Alabama. He was arrested yesterday afternoon, after getting into a drag race with a fellow student on a local highway.

According to The Clanton Advertiser, Watson swerved to avoid a car and hit a power pole. From the write-up:

“The accident occurred after Tyrone Davis, also a student at MHS, lined up in front of the school with his vehicle along with Nathaniel Watson’s vehicle for a race, witnesses stated that they lined up side by side and floored it, and both vehicles were squalling their tires and fishtailing up the highway heading into town,” according to an MPD press release. “As the racing vehicles topped a hill, an oncoming car caused Nathaniel Watson Jr. to swerve and lose control striking a power pole, cutting it in half and knocking power out to portions of Maplesville.”

An unnamed second student was a passenger in Watson's car, and suffered serious injuries, according to the report. He suffered a "crushed femur, fractured pelvis, his right arm broken and internal injuries."

Watson's passenger had to be airlifted to a hospital in Birmingham for treatment.

As a result, the SEC signee has been charged with a felony first degree assault and traffic violations for the race. His classmate in the other car, who had a 12-year old passenger, was charged with reckless endangerment.

New head coach Joe Moorhead, who takes over the program after Dan Mullen's departure, issued a brief statement about the incident. From the Clarion Ledger:

“We are aware of the vehicle incident involving signee Nathaniel Watson,” Joe Moorhead said in a statement. “We are continuing to collect details on the accident and have no further comment at this time.”

Watson signed with Mississippi State on the February 7 National Signing Day. He is the No. 667 player in the class of 2018, per 247Sports.

The site ranks him as the No. 52 athlete in the country, and the 19th-ranked player in Alabama.

[The Clanton Advertiser]