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Rock Hill’s Asa Watson among NFL free-agent signees from Carolinas

The New England Patriots reportedly signed tight end Asa Watson, from N.C. State and Rock Hill High, as an undrafted free agent Saturday. The signing was reported by The New England Sports Network, which cited a Baltimore Sun source.

Watson has Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome, which causes the ventricles of the heart to prematurely contract. He had two surgeries a few years ago to treat the condition, takes medication to keep it under control, and said before the draft he told the few NFL teams that asked about it that “it’s a nuisance rather than a hindrance.”

Watson is the younger brother of New Orleans Saints tight end Ben Watson. His best year at N.C. State was in 2012. He caught 24 passes for 282 yards and a touchdown. He is 6-foot-3, 239 pounds.

The Associated Press contributed.

Free-agents signings from Carolinas colleges

Baltimore: North Carolina offensive tackle James Hurst.

Chicago: East Carolina defensive tackle Lee Pegues.

Cleveland: South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw.

Denver: North Carolina quarterback Bryn Renner.

Miami: East Carolina linebacker Derrell Johnson.

New England: N.C. State tight end Asa Watson (Rock Hill High) and East Carolina tight end Justin Jones.

New York Giants: South Carolina defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles.

New York Jets: Saint Augustine’s receiver Jermaine Jones and Wake Forest defensive end Zach Thompson.

Oakland: Winston-Salem State linebacker Carlos Fields (Northern Vance High).

Pittsburgh: East Carolina offensive guard Will Simmons.

San Francisco: Catawba safety/return specialist L.J. McCray.

Tampa Bay: South Carolina defensive end Chaz Sutton.

San Diego: Wofford linebacker Alvin Scioneaux.