Watts thinks highly of Syracuse

Junior three-star cornerback Craig Watts breaks down Orange offer.

Syracuse spent time over the past several days offering a bunch of 2016 prospects. That includes one of the top cornerbacks in the class, Saint Petersburg (Fla.) Gibbs High three-star Craig Watts.

”The head coach (Scott Shafer) came in,” he said. “He’s really liked me since last year. We talked about how things were going and stuff and he offered while he was here. We were talking about how my recruitment was going. He was saying he likes the way I play, like the way I fly down hill.”

The offer meant a lot to Watts, despite offers from such programs as Ohio State, Louisville, Miami, Mississippi State, Florida, Missouri and others. He has had his eye on the Orange for some time.

“It was like a weight lifted off of my shoulders,” Watts said. “I really like their program. I see the program rising. I liked their performance this year and how they played against Florida State.”

While Shafer has expressed interest in Watts for some time, this was their first opportunity to speak in person. He has a strong first impression of Syracuse’s head coach.

”This was actually my first time speaking to him,” Watts said. “He seems like a good guy and a good person.”

Watts has a relationship with current Syracuse cornerback Cordell Hudson. The two played against each other in high school during Watts’ freshman and sophomore seasons. He plans to reach out to Hudson to learn more about the Orange.

Watts is also going to try to visit Syracuse either this spring or summer to learn even more about the program.


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