Bryce Watts On RU Offer
Mar 1, 2016
By: Zach Links- SOR Head Staff Writer
Tom River North Ath Bryce Watts
The new regime at Rutgers is keen on keeping it's best talent at home in New Jersey. Sometimes, that means keeping the five-star types away from prowling SEC programs. Other times, that means identifying the diamonds in the rough early on in the recruiting process and locking them up before word spreads beyond the borders of the Garden State. That's exactly what Rutgers is hoping to do with Toms River North athlete Bryce Watts.
In late February, the Scarlet Knights became the first school to offer Watts. From the sound of it, it might not take long for him to commit to Rutgers.
"I would say that I definitely could commit sooner rather than later, though I'm not sure of what my exact timetable will be," the 6'0", 165 pound athlete told StateOfRutgers.com. "The campus is amazing and the atmosphere there is really great."
Watts says he is getting "a lot of interest" from schools such as Purdue, Temple, UNC, Virginia, Old Dominion, and Boston College and that interest could quickly turn into offers. Still, Rutgers is far and away his No. 1 school at this time.
"I love Rutgers. I'm a hometown kid and I love Jersey, so it's a perfect fit. Just about everyone in my family went to Rutgers. My mom went to Rutgers, My stepdad went to Rutgers, a few of my aunts went to Rutgers, so there are a lot of family ties for me with that school," Watts explained.
Needless to say, there's a little bit of pressure in the Watts household for him to continue the family tradition. That doesn't bother Watts in the slightest though as he is enamored with the team's new coaching staff.
"The coaches there are totally different from the last staff. It's more competitive when you go there. Coach Ash is amazing coach. He's taken all the stuff that he learned from Ohio State and Wisconsin and it really shows in his approach," the athlete said.
Watts has the ability to play on both sides of the ball and he could end up playing at either wide receiver or cornerback at the next level. His own personal preference is playing cornerback because he likes "the physicality," but he says that he wants to play wherever he is asked to by his college coach.
Watts is focused on becoming a better football player but, in the interim, he's also excelling in Track & Field. The junior is currently ranked in the top ten in the 55-meter dash and he has an opportunity to propel himself into the top 5 with some strong performances in the coming weeks.