Bryce Watts (photo by Brian Dohn)

Rutgers commit and East No. 9 CB Bryce Watts senior highlights and evaluation

Toms River (N.J.) North cornerback Bryce Watts is committed to Rutgers, and his senior highlights and an in-person evaluation show the Scarlet Knights found a hidden gem.

Senior Film Analysis: Bryce Watts, the No. 9 cornerback in the East's 2017 class, committed to Rutgers in late March but continues to get interest from other schools, and having seen him play in December, and in evaluating his senior tape, it is easy to see why.

The 6-foot, 165-pound Watts is a tremendous athlete with very good explosion and the ability to change direction quickly and at a high rate of speed.

The Toms River (N.J.) North standout possesses hip flexibility, which allows him to turn and run with the receiver well. He is fluid in transitioning from his back pedal to running down the field. He is quick and tight getting into and out of his breaks, and he possesses speed to make up ground with the ball in the air. He drives well on balls thrown in front of him and he reads quarterbacks well.

Watts' skill set makes him an intriguing receiver prospect because he tracks the ball well, can pierce a defense after a short pass and he has plus top-end speed. However, because of his ceiling as a cornerback, and it being a premium position, all schools wanted him for the secondary.

Watts has to get stronger, but he has the mentality to be physical on the edge and jam receivers in press coverage. It could take him a year to get strong enough to be effective in college, but his talent is unmistakable. 

Final Thought: At Rutgers, Watts would have the chance to play as a true freshman despite his need to get stronger. He has the natural talent to do it, and the Scarlet Knights are in need of corners with his length and skill set. He is a very good talent, and he has the chance to turn into a high-end college cornerback if his development paths continues on its current pace.

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