It’s been a surreal past few days for 5-foot-10, 173-pound St. Petersburg (Fla.) Gibbs 2016 defensive back Craig Watts. Already recognized as one of the best high school players in the state of Florida, Watts has seen his recruitment skyrocket recently, culminating in an offer from Alabama.
“Getting the offer from Alabama was a real eye opener,” Watts said. “I mean what can you say, Alabama has been the best program in the college football the last ten seasons and they definitely aren’t slowing down.”
Watts isn’t satisfied knowing he has impressed one of college football’s pre-eminent programs.
“Just because you get an offer doesn’t mean that you’ve done anything," Watts said. "There have been a lot of guys that have gone to the best programs and washed out.
“Even though that is a great offer, I am open to everyone. I’ve gotten some stuff from all over, even on the other side of the country. A lot of the Pac-12 is on me as well. I don’t know a lot about those schools, but I want to hear from everyone.”
The four-star prospect doesn’t have any visits scheduled, but his connection with the coaches will determine which trips he takes.
“That’s the whole thing with me," he said. "I want to go some place where I can have a lot of fun, but I have to be able to trust the coaches. It’s not just about promising playing time, it’s about the type of the scheme they run and how I will fit into their long term plans.
“I’m not going to rush this decision. I guess I could make an earlier decision, but I don’t see what happening right now.”