Up Close with DT Deiontae Watts

Charlie Strong and the Texas Longhorns are in search of few good men on the defensive line in 2017. One such player, Deiontae Watts checks in at 6-foot-3, 303-pounds from Plano (Texas) Plano East Sr. High School.

Texas landed arguably the top defensive line class in America in 2016.  In 2017, the numbers will not be as high, but the quality will rival last year's haul.  Deiontae Watts holds offers from Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas, Mississippi and Nebraska to name a few. 

 

Who is Deiontae Watts?

 

“When I was younger my favorite NFL team was and still is the New York Giants and my favorite player is Jason Pierre-Paul,” Deiontae Watts said. “My favorite college team when I was younger was and still is the Oklahoma Sooners and my favorite player was Adrian Peterson.” 

 

“If I weren't playing football I would probably be at home all day just playing video games and become out of shape and gain about 75 pounds,” Watts said.

 

“My favorite movie would have to be "From Paris with Love,” and my favorite T.V. show would be Real Husbands of Hollywood,” Watts said. 

 

“My favorite food is quesadillas,” Watts said.  

 

“Charlie Strong is going to take Texas and change them into a beast team,” Watts said. “I like Charlie Strong; when we talked, he sounded like a man that’s all about winning and business.” 

 

Why is Watts the No 2 ranked defensive tackle in Texas?

 

“As a football player I stop run plays and pressure the QB even come up with a couple of sacks,” Watts said.

 

Scout.com Take

 

Watts is a big interior defensive line prospect who's potentially scheme-versatile at the Power Five conference level. Big frame and a good size to match. Powerful at the point of attack. Shows ability to back up traffic and plug gaps. Can take on blockers and still affect opponents' run game. Strong hands aid in consistent disengaging ability and sure tackling. Sometimes can collapse the pocket as interior pass-rusher. At times, shows excellent get-off at the snap, but inconsistent in that aspect of his game for now. Can improve body control, especially when taking contact. Possibly scheme-versatile enough to play in an even or odd front. Overall a big, physical interior talent who projects to the P5 level. - Gabe Brooks 


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