Deiontae Watts, a 6-foot-3, 302-pound defensive tackle from Plano (Texas) East is looking to build off of a 2015 season that helped put him on the recruiting map. He only saw action in a limited amount of games, but still he pulled down offers from schools such as Missouri, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA and USC among a host of others.
"I think that I am going to show excellent on tape,' Watts said. "I am going to have a lot more film obviously, I only had so much film I had to show, but this year I am going have a full season."
Watts would like to cut down his list and concentrate on a handful of schools as he tries to reach a final decision on where he will sign in February.
"I kind of have a top five right now," Watts informed. "I am going to release that before the start of the season. I will probably release that five after the first game.
"It was very hard to get down to five schools and kept me thinking do I want to leave far from family or do I want to stay closer to family and my list kind of shows a split between schools that are far and close. And also the education opportunities. What programs are there for me, because I want to major in Pre-Med, so I had to find schools that had that program."
BRO Note: We're hearing that UCLA is a virtual lock to make the top five.
Scout Evaluation: Watts is a big interior defensive line prospect who's potentially scheme-versatile at the Power Five conference level. Big frame and 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 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
DT Deiontae Watts in Action at The Opening Regionals: