As the first player to commit to head coach Chris Ash in the class of 2017 for Rutgers, Bryce Watts takes pride in his early decision to become a future Scarlet Knight. Watts was the second member of the 2017 class, and first to verbally commit since the offseason coaching change.
Seven months later, that remains the case.
While the well-documented struggles are there for Rutgers in Ash’s first season, Watts said he trusts the process.
“I’m just ready (to play at Rutgers),” Watts said. “I’m ready.”
Watts said he remains in contact with Rutgers on a daily basis. Cornerbacks coach Aaron Henry watched Watts last week during Toms River (N.J.) North’s 41-31 win at Jackson (N.J.) Memorial.
“We talk everyday — me, coach Henry, coach Ash — we talk all the time,” said Watts, who visited for Rutgers’ Homecoming game against Illinois on Saturday. “We have a great relationship, and they just tell me they just can’t wait for me to be out there (at Rutgers).”
The 6-foot, 165-pound Watts is the No. 9 cornerback in the East. After Watts committed to Rutgers in late March, he added spring offers from Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech, among others.
While Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech continue to recruit Watts, the Rutgers legacy said he values his commitment to the Scarlet Knights. Watts has no plans to visit either school set at this time, he said.
“They’re still on me,” Watts said of the coaching staffs at Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech. “But obviously, I’m still all Rutgers.”
Watts and his Toms River North team improved to 6-0 with the win over Jackson Memorial.
On defense, he played safety and cornerback. Watts had a key pass breakup to force a turnover on downs late in the fourth quarter and seal the victory.
He added a big-play reception on offense in the first half to set up a touchdown and give Toms River North a lead it did not relinquish.
“It was great,” Watts said. “This whole week, we were focusing in practice, came out, played ball and as you can tell, got things done. I felt great. I could’ve did a little more, but I felt like I did pretty good.”