Tahjai Watt doesn't count out Terps

Loves competitiveness of ACC, feels he will gain more interest in Maryland with more information.

North Carolina High School Senior Tahjai Watt has gained much attention from different schools with his unique athletic ability and physical stature. Although posting a phenomenal junior season at defensive end with 140 tackles and 12 sacks, Watt says his coach at North Mecklenburg High School has made him into a wide receiver, a role at which his 6-foot-5-inch frame can certainly thrive.

“I can stretch out, and catch a lot of balls,” said Watt when asked about his biggest strength in his game.

Watt looks up to the successful taller players in the NFL like Calvin Johnson, Vernon Davis and Julius Peppers because he feels their height and body types are comparable to him.

Watt didn't hesitate to modestly mention his exceptional leaping ability as well.

At the Nike SPARQ Combine in March, Watt was measured to have a 36.8-inch vertical jump, putting him in the 98th percentile.

“Me being big already and also being able to jump, leap, and hop over other defenders is definitely a plus,” he said.

Even with his impressive showing at the combine, the North Mecklenburg senior has strived to improve his numbers.

Over the offseason, Watt says his priority was strengthening his legs. His forty time at the combine in March was 4.8 seconds, and he is proud to have now quickened it to 4.61.

As an explosive athlete, and a big target for any quarterback, programs like Maryland, Tennessee, NC State, Duke, Wake Forest, Air Force and Clemson have shown some interest.

Watt stressed the importance of playing for a program in a competitive conference, which he knows a team like Maryland would offer him in the ACC, home to the current 4th ranked team in the country; Florida State.

Watt says the Terps have communicated with him mostly through letters in the mail. As Watt explains though, his contact with the coaching staff has been very limited. He hopes to speak on the phone with them soon.

“Once I get in contact with the coaches, get a feel for the coaches and how they do stuff around there, I'll probably gain more interest,” he said.

As far as visiting universities, Watt says he has not made any official visits yet, but recently traveled to North Carolina, and even called Coach Brewer to get a feel for Tar Heel territory. He plans on making official visits to other schools after the football season comes to a close.

For now, his top choices include North Carolina, Ball State, Wake Forest, and Duke.

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