What was once a boyhood dream for Toms River (N.J.) North athlete Bryce Watts could now become a reality after a Saturday experience at Rutgers.
Rutgers means family for Watts, whose mother and step father graduated from the school. Watts describes himself as a life-long Rutgers fan and has a clear leader in mind after his Saturday visit.
“The whole thing that was so exciting is that my first offer was Rutgers of all the schools,” Watts said. “I have a lot, a ton of family ties. I love Rutgers. I’ve been a Rutgers fan since the day I was born.”
Rutgers offered Watts during a junior day visit, he said. It marks his first scholarship offer.
Watts does not want to commit to any school early, but made it clear that Rutgers sits well regardless of what happens next.
“All my life, I wanted a scholarship to play at Rutgers because I dreamed about this,” Watts said. “RU is always going to be a top choice. I like the new staff and the direction it’s going now.”
Watts and his family are equally excited about Rutgers from a fan’s perspective.
“[Coach Chris Ash] is trying to make a whole new experience,” Watts said. “The recruiting is insane. He’s bringing in all of the Ohio State ideas and what they did over there. He’s bringing a whole different way to do everything. Everybody is going to be working harder. I’m beyond excited. I’m going to be at the summer camp. I’ll be there watching it.”
Rutgers likes Watts, a 6-foot, 165-pounder, as an athlete. He plays cornerback and wide receiver for Toms River. Cornerbacks coach Aaron Henry left the strongest impression on Watts during a visit. Watts also spoke with Ash, wide receivers coach Jafar Williams and defensive line coach Shane Burnham.
“They were awesome,” he said. “Coach Henry is the best DB coach that I’ve talked to. I have a good DB coach at North right now but coach Henry is a different approach. We’ve only been talking for a few weeks now but he’s been awesome. He knows everything about corner. When I was at the junior day, he showed me film and what they’re going to do and I just said ‘wow.’”