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Deiontae Watts opens up about recruitment
Nebraska’s 15th commit called into the Omaha World-Herald’s radio show The Bottom Line on Wednesday afternoon and said his visit to Nebraska on Saturday sealed the deal on his commitment. Watts announced his decision on Sunday morning, just hours after Nebraska’s 35-32 win over Oregon.
Watts, a 3-star defensive tackle from Plano, Texas, said he loved the loyalty of the Huskers fans and the academic success Nebraska has had. Here’s the Q&A:
Host Mike’l Severe: Have you always played on the line?
Watts: I’ve always played on the line or a little outside linebacker. I played a little bit of linebacker in middle school days.
Things you do during workouts to be quick with your size?
Watts: I always work on my legs. I do a lot of agility drills. My other brother and me, we always do ladder drills to keep quickness up.
What were the things you were looking for during your recruitment?
Watts: No. 1 was mainly the academic part of it. I wanted to go to a place I would graduate and that’s the one thing that stood out for Nebraska. And with the coaches, I wanted to be and feel comfortable around the coaches and players. So when I visited Nebraska it was like the total package with everything I was looking for was there.
What did they tell you about being a student?
Watts: They told us like they had so many tutors for us and we would only have help when we needed. And just guaranteeing that we would graduate with all the help for the student-athletes.
Coach John Parrella played in the NFL. Was that important to you?
Watts: It wasn’t as important but it does help to start out getting taught by a guy that played at the higher level.
What kind of recruiter was Parrella?
Watts: Oh, like when he first starting recruiting me he made sure there was not one bit of information I missed.
What are you best at, and what are you worst at?
Watts: I’d say I’m best at run stoppage and probably one thing I need to work on is my pad level being a little high and getting after the quarterback when he scrambles.
What would you want to tell fans?
Watts: I love their loyalty;when I went to the game at Nebraska vs Oregon it was amazing. Hearing that it’s the 350th consecutive sellout, that just shows you the loyalty of the fans.
The atmosphere, what was that like?
Watts: All the other recruits, we were saying like, that was one of the best experiences at a game we’ve ever had. It was wild. It was wild.
Who was your player host and what did he tell you?
Watts: It was Collin Miller. He told me when he did his official he said it was the best place he’s been and he was asking me some questions about it and I told him straight up this is a place that I feel like I need to be at.
Season stats for 2017 commits
A few Huskers commits are lighting it up this year. We shared a few in Tuesday’s notebook but here’s a more in-depth look at the 2017 class and how they’re doing a few weeks into the high school season. All stats are according to Rivals.com.
QB Tristan Gebbia, Calabasas (Calif.) High School
Season: 1,038 yards, 16 touchdowns and 4 interceptions, 68 percent completion percentage.
WR Keyshawn Johnson Jr., Calabasas (Calif.) High School
Season: 16 receptions, 4 touchdowns, 242 yards
OLB Willie Hampton, American Heritage High School (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
Season: 19 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, one pick-6
WR Jaevon McQuitty, Battle High School (Columbia, Mo.)
Season: 24 receptions, 533 yards and 8 touchdowns
TE Reese Leitao, Jenks (Okla.) High School
Season: 14 receptions, 155 yards, 2 touchdowns
FB Ben Miles, Catholic High School (Baton Rouge, La.)
Season: 114 yards and 1 touchdown
DE Robert Porcher, Dr. Phillips High School (Orlando, Fla.)
Season: 28 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 2 sacks
OLB Avery Roberts, Concord High School (Wilmington, Del.)
Season: 18 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 2 sacks
DE Guy Thomas, Booker T. Washington High School (Miami)
Season: 13 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack