On Thursday night/Friday morning 3-star wide receiver Dominick Watt gave himself a great birthday present. He decided to join the 2018 Nebraska recruiting class. The unexpected move by Watt brings Nebraska's class to 18 as the Huskers continue their run as one of the hottest recruiting teams in America. Here are five thoughts on Watt's decision.
Frost Closing Skills
Anytime you land a prospect without him taking an official visit that speaks to your ability to connect on the recruiting trail and close. Scott Frost is proving to have the magic touch early on as he’s been heavily involved in recruiting many players that have joined the class. He also seems to have a knack for doing his in-home at the right time to secure commitments.
Florida is Fruitful
With the addition of Watt, Nebraska now has six Florida natives in this recruiting class. You can plan on Florida continuing to be a big part of Nebraska’s recruiting strategy moving forward. Frost and his staff have good name recognition in the Sunshine State and have built good relationships with high school coaches through their time at UCF.
WR Room Should Be Closed
Now that Nebraska has added Watt to the class, the Huskers have four true wide receivers in Mike Williams, Jaron Woodyard, Justin McGriff and Watt. They have a hybrid tight end/wide receiver Katerian Legrone, a tight end Cameron Jurgens and a running back/wide receiver Miles Jones. Barring a surprise top-end prospect wanting to be #AllN, that should do it for a very intriguing skill position group this cycle.
Great Complement to Other WRs
Besides Stanley Morgan Jr., Nebraska doesn’t have any proven options on the roster to fill the role of a more balanced receiver than can make contested catches on a consistent basis. The hope is that redshirt freshman Jaevon McQuitty can fill that role once Morgan graduates, but adding Watt gives them another option. That makes him a great complement to the other speedy WRs in the class.
No one saw this one coming. For all the chatter this week about Miles Jones committing on Thursday, it was equally silent for Watt. I believe part of the reason for that is there is very little advance publicity about where Scott Frost is going. Perhaps it’s just for this cycle but he doesn’t seem to have an appetite for graphics displaying where he and his coaches are heading to recruit. Both strategies can be effective, but there is a clear difference there so far.
— Dominick Watt (@1Way_Dom) January 19, 2018
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.