Player: Dequanteous Watts
Position: Defensive Back
Height / Weight: 6-1/165
High School: Jackson (Atlanta, GA)
Offers: Colorado State, USF, Louisville, South Carolina, UCF, Boston College, Central Michigan, Eastern Kentucky, Florida A&M, Gardner-Webb, Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Maryland, Mercer, Miami (OH), Ole Miss, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple, Texas Tech, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, West Virginia
Recruiting Services: Rivals 5.7 | 24/7 Sports 84 | ESPN 75
Cumulative Ranking: 85.79
Profile Date: April 10, 2019
— Dequanteous watts2️⃣🤫 (@Dequanteouswat1) April 9, 2019
Adding to the 2019 class? Yes, adding to the 2019 class. Dequanteous Watts is a defensive back from Atlanta, Georgia, taking a bit of a winding road, originally committed to UCF, the decommitting and committing to Colorado State near the February signing day. Watts apparently had work to do on his grades and didn’t sign in February. Rivals’ Chad Simmons has all of the details and talked to Watts about his growing up and Lubbock:
“There is a lot to like about Texas Tech, but the chance to get on the field, play and do something as a freshman was big. I can myself going there, gaining a few pounds and getting on the field as a freshman.
“It is a cool small town out there in Lubbock. It is a cool vibe. It is a good place to be. There is no trouble out there, so if you get in trouble, it is because you went looking for it. It is the right place for me.
“Where I come from, I just worked hard. I used to get up very early in the morning, go work in the field an hour to hour and a half every day to get to this point. I have only played football for three years, so a lot has happened the last couple of years. I have worked very hard to get where I am, so today feels very good for me.”
The interceptions are largely poorly thrown balls that should never be thrown, but you have to take advantage of those situations. Perhaps the most impressive thing is the kickoff returns, you get a sense of Watts’ burst and athletic ability because he’s got plenty of that. And thus far, I think what we’ve seen from how Wells and Patterson pick up defenders is that they still want guys with some length, over 6’0″ and projectable, can play multiple positions. This is a good solid add to the 2019 class and to do it in April, 2 months after National Signing Day is a good thing. You hope that the grades situation doesn’t come up once he gets on campus and it to be a problem.