Texas cornerback commit Kenyatta Watson II’s senior season is set to get underway on Saturday and Longhorns fans across the country can catch the action.
At 5:00 p.m. CT on ESPNU, Watson will help lead a loaded Loganville (Ga.) Grayson squad onto the field for the first time this season when the Rams welcome Tucker (Ga.).
A four-star prospect ranked as the nation’s No. 167 player and No. 16 cornerback, per the 247Sports Composite, Watson brought his recruitment to a close on May 1 when he announced his commitment to the Horns over Notre Dame. Watson became the first defensive back to side with Texas this cycle after the Longhorns inked six All-Americans in 2018, and he still serves as the top-ranked defensive back in Tom Herman’s 2019 class, which also includes four-star Lakewood (Calif.) Mayfield safety Chris Adimora and three-star Alvin cornerback Marques Caldwell.
“I’m not afraid of competition regardless of who you are,” Watson previously told Burnt Orange Nation of his decision to commit to Texas, despite the fact that the Longhorns signed arguably the most loaded defensive back haul in program history just months ago. “At the end of the day, the best man is gonna win, regardless if they’re six All-Americans or not.”
An elite athlete who recorded the nation’s 11th-best SPARQ rating with a grade of 124.86 behind a 4.50 40-yard dash, a 4.12-second shuttle, and a 45.2-inch vertical leap, Watson is far from the only star set to suit up for Grayson this season. Along with Watson, the Georgia powerhouse also features five-star Tennessee offensive tackle commit Wanya Morris, five-star Auburn outside linebacker pledge Owen Pappoe, four-star Alabama weak-side defensive end commit Kevin Harris, and four-star Michigan offensive tackle pledge Trente Jones.
Aside from Jones, the entire bunch holds Texas offers.
So what can Texas fans expect to see when Watson steps onto the field for the first time this season?
“I’m going to bring a lot of energy and a lot of juice. I’m a person that when I get on the field I get excited,” Watson said. “When I’m playing, you know that I’m playing or that I’m somewhere on the field, regardless if it’s making a play or celebrating with a teammate.
“Whenever I step on the field, I bring my A game, but I think I really start to show what I can do and shine when it becomes a dogfight and it becomes grind time.”