After seeing his recruitment explode throughout the spring, Little Elm cornerback Ryan Watts has set his sights on only 10 programs.
On Friday, Watson announced his top 10 list and unsurprisingly, the Texas Longhorns remain in the mix. Watts named Arkansas, Oklahoma, Baylor, California, Miami, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, and Texas A&M as the other nine teams he’s still considering.
Top 10..... Top 10..... Top 10 ! pic.twitter.com/HA7kliZsHq— Ryan Watts (@RyanwattsIII) March 22, 2019
A fast-rising prospect who has seen each of his 30 offers roll in since mid-January, Watts cut a number of Power 5 programs from his recruitment, including Arizona, Colorado, Kansas State, Ole Miss, Texas Tech, and Washington, just to name a few.
Watts’ Texas offer came on Feb. 7, and less than two weeks later, the four-star defensive back toured the Forty Acres for the first time for the Longhorns’ Junior Day. Watts has since unofficially visited Texas A&M, as well, doing so just yesterday on March 21. He’ll soon begin his official visit tour, with trips currently scheduled to Oklahoma and Arkansas for April 12 and May 3, respectively.
Burnt Orange Nation’s Joe Hamilton recently detailed what make’s Watts such a coveted prospect:
Watts’ length to cover and ability to run stride-for-stride with the opponent’s best wideout is what every college coach likes about him. Those attributes were put to the test last [at The Opening Dallas] and he performed well. The most impressive numbers Watts put up this past Sunday were his 4.59 40-yard dash time, 38-inch vertical, and his 4.20 shuttle. Watts proved that his athletic ability is up there with the best in the state. The upside he possesses is beyond most prospects in his class.
Watts is aiming to make a decision during the summer, but in the meantime, he told BON that he has a simple, yet specific check list he’s keeping in mind while weighing his options.
“A solid, genuine relationship with the position coach and head coach.”
A 6’2.5, 187-pound prospect, Watts is currently ranked as the nation’s No. 333 player and as the No. 30 cornerback, per the 247Sports Composite.