Irish offer Watts

After picking up a Notre Dame offer on Wednesday, three-star defensive back Craig Watts of Saint Petersburg, Fla., hopes to visit the Irish this spring.

Last Wednesday, three-star defensive back Craig Watts of Saint Petersburg (Fla.) Gibbs received a visit from Notre Dame recruiting coordinator Tony Alford. Gibbs informed Irish Illustrated at the time that Notre Dame intended on offering him once his transcripts were cleared.

On Monday, Watts learned such was the case.

“I just talked with Coach Alford on the phone, and he told me that I was being offered,” Watts said. “He told me that it was in Notre Dame’s best interest to recruit me.”

The 6-foot, 180-pound prospect was offered by Notre Dame as a strong safety.

“I am interested in Notre Dame because that’s a place that can make me a better person and a better player,” Watts said. “I’m a Christian, so a Notre Dame offers means a lot to me.”

Watts, who holds offers from the likes of Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio State and Wake Forest, does not have any favorites at the moment, though he says three schools are coming after him harder than the rest. 

“Indiana, Notre Dame and North Carolina are recruiting me the most,” Watts said.

Watts has no visits planned for the spring, but he’d like to check out Notre Dame. Thus far, the only trip Watts has taken was to Florida.

“I want to see what kind of family atmosphere Notre Dame has,” Watts said. “That will be important to me.”

Scout national analyst Jamie Newberg offered this analysis of Watts:

“What this kid does have and brings to a defense are speed, athleticism and instincts. Watts is physical and fearless. I absolutely love the way he breaks on the ball, whether it’s in run support or in pass coverage. And it doesn’t take him long to react and get to the ball. This kid has outstanding reaction time once he diagnosis the play. You hear the phrase ‘he plays bigger than he is; a lot when talking about certain recruits, and that applies here with Watts. This kid is very good and you will be hearing his name a ton in the coming months.”

Watts is a three-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 30 safety in the class of 2015.


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