2010-11: Cliff Watson play for Appleton United High School team in the WIAA of Wisconsin where the defenseman scored 18 goals along with 22 assists and 44 PIMs in 21 games. He was impressive enough for Ohio State recruiter in ask him to sign a commitment to their university at a very young age.
2011-12: Watson played his first season in the USHL with the Sioux City Musketeers where the big defender played the shutdown role and contributed eight assists and a minus 13 rating in 58 games. The Musketeers were swept 2-0 in their first round playoffs series by the Fargo Force.
2012-13: Watson played 62 games for Sioux City in his second USHL season. He scored 3 goals with 8 assists and was +10 with 65 penalty minutes. The Musketeers missed the playoffs after finishing sixth in the Western Conference. Watson de-committed from Ohio State over the summer after coach Mark Osiecki was released and announced he would play at Michigan Tech in 2013-14.
Cliff Watson is a stay-at-home defenseman who likes to make it difficult for the opposition to play in his zone. He loves the tough stuff and excels at clearing the crease, even with bigger forwards in his midst. He needs to work on his skating and one-on-one battles with the puck (a product of his below average skating skills) and he will also need to continue getting stronger to continue playing his style of game.
After de-committing from the Ohio Buckeyes after a coaching change, Watson will take his services to Michigan Tech for his freshman year.