When StateOfRutgers.com spoke with Bryce Watts last month, he was effusive in his praise for the Rutgers program. In fact, the Toms River North athlete was so high on Rutgers that he couldn't bear to wait much longer to commit. Recently, Watts pledged to join Rutgers' 2017 class, even as his recruitment continued to build steam.
"I just felt like, for me personally, I felt like it was the right time. I knew where I wanted to go. I was going to other colleges and they were telling me great things and the facilities looked great at these other schools, but I knew all along that Rutgers was the school for me," Watts told StateOfRutgers.com.
Watts says he is excited to continue his football career while also continuing his families' legacy of athletic excellence at Rutgers. The junior's mother and stepfather both ran track at Rutgers and that was no small factor in his choice.
"It's awesome to continue that legacy, man. My mom, my dad, my stepdad, everyone in my family really, we're all excited about me staying at home and going to Rutgers. I also had aunts that went to Rutgers, so it's a popular decision all around," the 6'0", 165 pound athlete said.
Prior to his RU commitment, Watts was picking up interest from schools such as Purdue, Temple, UNC, Virginia, Old Dominion, and Boston College. Even though he has arrived at his college decision, those schools haven't necessarily stopped calling. In fact, Watts tells StateOfRutgers.com that Kansas, Purdue, and Syracuse have also jumped in the mix with the hopes of getting him to flip-flop. However, the versatile youngster says he will keep his promise to RU.
"The recruiting process is pretty much over for me. These schools still hit me up, but I know where I'm going," Watts said.
Now that Watts has brought his recruitment process to an end, he can put all of his energy into having the best senior season he possibly can. The Toms River North standout missed most of his junior year due to injuries and he is out to show everyone what he can do in a full, healthy season.
"I dream about it every single day, to be honest with you. I can't wait to get back out on the field. I know that I'm going to finish things off with a really special senior year," the cornerback/wide receiver said.
While it was difficult for Watts to spend most of the 2015 season on the sidelines, the experience gave him a bit of a chip on his shoulder and he says that he'll be using that as extra motivation going forward.
"I'm under the radar, period. I know that I have a lot of people saying that I'm undersized and all that stuff and there are recruiting sites saying that I'm only a 2- star guy. Well, I haven't had a chance to really shine yet and no one has seen what I'm capable of doing. I think they're basing all this stuff on only half a season of football and a few highlights. I only played in four games last year, so I think everyone should stay tuned to see what I do this year," Watts explained.
With Track & Field in his blood, Watts will not rule out being a two-sport athlete when he arrives in New Brunswick. Watts only recently started competing in Track & Field, but he's already rated No. 6 in the state for his blazing fast 55-meter dash time. Watts' family has ties to the current staff of RU's track team, so we could see Watts make his mark in both arenas.
As of today, Watts is unsure of what position he'll be playing for Coach Ash & Co., but it's safe to assume he'll be at either cornerback or wide receiver. It's also unclear whether Watts will play in his freshman year or take a redshirt year.