Just days ago, elite Loganville (Ga.) Grayson cornerback Kenyatta Watson II officially visited the Forty Acres, and his latest trip to Austin was one that essentially ended his recruitment, as the four-star prospect announced his commitment to the Texas Longhorns on Tuesday, choosing Tom Herman’s program over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Although this was a decision that Watson maintained that he was torn with since announcing Texas and Notre Dame as his finalists on March 5, the latter portion of Watson’s recruitment largely favored the Longhorns. Beginning with his finalists announcement, Crystal Ball projections began to roll in for Texas, with another pair of picks logged even while Watson was in South Bend for his Notre Dame officially visit over the April 13 weekend.
When relatively little Notre Dame buzz emerged following his official visit to South Bend, the belief that Texas held the edge gained even more momentum, and by the time Watson’s April 27 weekend official visit to Texas ended, the Longhorns were the overwhelming favorite for the elite Georgia defensive back’s services.
Of course, on Tuesday, those expectations that Watson would bolster Herman’s 2019 class became reality, and the 6’2, 187-pound Georgia native is now the fifth recruit to side with Texas this cycle, joining Jordan Whittington, De’Gabriel Floyd, Roschon Johnson, and T’Vondre Sweat.
With Watson in the mix, the Texas class is now up to No. 22 nationally; up eight spots from its previous position at No. 30 overall and No. 4 in the Big 12. Far more notably, though, Watson’s pledge provides Texas with a much-needed momentum boost and the program’s first major recruiting victory in quite some time, as the ‘Horns have seen Garrett Wilson (Ohio State), DeMarvin Leal (Texas A&M), EJ Ndoma-Ogar (Oklahoma) and Jamal Morris (Oklahoma) commit elsewhere in recent weeks, among numerous other targets.
Now the program’s first commit since late March, Watson is ranked as the nation’s No. 163 player, the No. 18 cornerback and the No. 20 player in Georgia, per the 247Sports Composite.