The Huskers were able to host almost 30 prospects for their Junior Day event on Saturday. Prospects came to Lincoln from all over the country to get to know the program better. One of the players that entered the weekend without an offer was Massachusetts quarterback William Watson III. The lack of Husker offer changed after a good visit for Junior Day.
After a great JR Day in Lincoln, I am blessed to have earned a offer to attend Nebraska @HuskerFBNation @Watson_718 @CoachMartinESA @SupremeAthlete_ @QBHitList @247Sports @Rivals @CentralFB413 @JoshHelmholdt @BrianDohn247 @NEB_Recruiting pic.twitter.com/WSrTwmfC1d
— William “Pop” Watson III (@WW3thefuture) January 22, 2022
“It was a great day. I got to meet a bunch of great coaches,” Watson said. “I was sitting in front of players that were very happy with where they were at with Nebraska. Getting to see Coach Whipple again was a great experience.”
Watson (6-0, 170) has a long history with the Huskers’ new offensive coordinator. When Watson was in sixth grade, he would go to the camps at UMass. That’s when he first met Whipple. When Whipple went to Pittsburgh, Watson was offered by the Panthers. Now that Whipple is at Nebraska, history is repeating itself. Whipple came through with an offer for him. That stands out to the signal-caller, that a coach would go to bat for him that many times.
“It means a lot because Whipple is like a mastermind of offense,” Watson said. “He has an answer for every defense in one play. He has multiple plays like that. A guy like him advocating for you means a lot. Not just in college, but NFL too.”
The biggest thing that stood out to Watson was meeting all the coaches at Nebraska. His main goal for the weekend was to get a feel for the staff and if he was a priority for them. Watson got the sense that he is high up on the quarterback board for the team. He was also thankful to meet the players and other recruits to build new relationships. Coach Scott Frost also made an impression on the prospect.
“Coach Frost is a great guy,” Watson said. “I definitely look forward to seeing him again in the near future and building a relationship with him.”
Watson has things he wants to work on going into his senior season. He’d like to focus on staying in the pocket more instead of relying on making plays with his feet. Getting outside the pocket is the strength of his game but he doesn’t want to lean on that too much. Next up on his visit schedule is a trip to UMass next weekend. Then he will take a break from visits. As he evaluates his double-digit scholarship offers, he has a clear idea of what he is looking for.
“Well, first and foremost, I want to win,” Watson said. “I want to play in big games. I want to be put under pressure because I’m at my best under pressure. I feel like I play my best. Also, I want to be set up for after football, like 10-20 years down the line. So, anything with business management and a school that can help me with that. I want to win and I want to have a career after football.”
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.