Originally wanting to honor his mother by announcing his college decision on her July 2nd birthday, St. Petersburg (FL) Admiral Farragut Academy safety Craig Watts had to move up his timetable slightly.
“The town there, all the people there, the coaches there, the whole thing was just perfect for me,” Watts told BadgerNation following the conclusion of his visit. “It’s exactly what I wanted. I loved it all.”
The 6-0, 180-pound Watts had over three dozen offers, including scholarships from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State. Rated a four-star prospect and the No.22 safety by Scout.com, Watts is the 12th known commitment in the Badgers’ 2016 signing class and the first four-star Florida prospect to commit to UW since Scout.com began ranking players in 2002.
“The coaches are going to help me develop as a person and as a player,” said Watts, who came to his decision Friday and told the coaches Saturday. “I think I caught them off guard when I committed. They was real happy.”
Watts already felt a strong connection to defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and secondary coach Daronte Jones but it was getting a chance to mingle with some of the players that was another huge selling point.
“There are some great guys on the team,” said Watts. “I’m excited to be around some great players and coaches and compete for that national championship.”
While he expects to get heavily recruited from now until national signing day, Watts has no interest taking any other visits, planning only to be a leader for his team and win a state championship.
“No, my stuff is over with now,” said Watts. “I’ve got my school, I’ve got my place and I’m done now.”