It’s been a frustrating couple of weeks for Texas on the recruiting trail. Their arch rivals Oklahoma dominated the month of April, landing eight very good recruits, and controlling headlines all over the country. What was already a bad month got even worse earlier this week, when Texas missed on Garrett Wilson, a five-star receiver in their own back yard to Ohio State. However, things are looking up for the Longhorns now, as they picked up four-star cornerback Kenyatta Watson yesterday.
— Kenyatta Watson II (@K2SZN) May 1, 2018
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Watson is the fifth member of Texas’ 2019 class, and the first defensive back, though he’s the third defender in the class already, along with defensive end T’Vondre Sweat and linebacker De’Gabriel Floyd. Texas is looking to land a defense heavy class, to help fill the holes left by players like Holton Hill, Malik Jefferson and Poona Ford, among many others that they’ll lose after this season. They landed a great defensive back class last year, so this class may be a little light in that department.
Watson picked Texas over 39 other offers, from pretty much every major program, including Florida State, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Penn State, Tennessee and USC, among others. Watson had been a heavy Texas lean for a long time, and a recent visit to campus was ultimately enough to seal this one. Cornerbacks coach Jason Washington deserves a ton of credit here.
On the field, Texas is getting a long, potential lockdown corner here. At 6-foot-2, Watson has ideal size for guarding big receivers, of which there are plenty in the Big 12, and can serve as a fantastic asset in man coverage. None of his skills are super refined right now, from footwork to hand usage and everything in between, but that’ll come with time. He’s a great athlete, with excellent ball skills, and a solid ability to play press coverage. This is a big time get for Texas, and possibly a future star.