The Florida Gators ring-fenced the state to keep a top prospect home on Thursday as they picked up the commitment of DT Desmond Watson out of Armwood, FL.
By Steve Wright
Watson is rated as the No. 354 player in the country per the 247Sports Composite Rankings and the same tool rates him as the No. 21 DT in the nation and the No. 55 player in the state of Florida. Watson is a recruit for the class of 2021 and his pledge gives the Gators 23 members of that recruiting group at this point.
The 3-star recruit committed earlier than his self-set deadline of August and he picked Florida after narrowing his choices down to either the Gators or Texas A&M. Watson is an absolutely massive human. The 6-foot-5, 350 pounder is the perfect fit for what Florida is looking for on their defensive front in the 3-4 scheme they want to play. Getting an athlete with the size – and the surprising agility – or Watson will allow defensive coordinator Todd Grantham plenty of options with how to attack with his havoc based system.
Watson had freakish stats for a DT as a junior last season. He had 65 total tackles with an insane 34 of those coming for a loss as he commanded double and triple teams from opposing offensive linemen.
Desmond Watson Scouting Report
Looking at his tape is like looking at a man taking on boys, with Desmond Watson always in the backfield engulfing ball carries with his size and strength. One interesting aspect of Watson’s play is how quick he is off of the snap for someone of his size and bulk. This isn’t a sloppy 350 pounds and when he gets to college and get into the Gators strength and conditioning program he will only become a better and more athletic player. That is a scary thought for RBs in the SEC.