Nebraska has landed its quarterback for the 2023 recruiting class.
The Huskers got a pledge from a signal-caller on Tuesday night. Massachusetts quarterback William “Pop” Watson III announced his commitment to the program. He made the announcement at halftime of his high school basketball game.
— Greg Smith (@GregSmithHV) February 23, 2022
The Huskers hosted Watson (6-0, 170) for junior day visit in January. The team offered him after he was reunited with offensive coordinator Mark Whipple. Watson and Whipple have had a relationship dating back to when Watson was in the sixth grade and he would go to the camps at UMass. When Whipple went to Pittsburgh, Watson was offered by the Panthers.
Whipple offering Watson at Nebraska showed a belief in his game as he told Hail Varsity in January.
“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.”
Watson enjoyed getting to know the entire Nebraska coaching staff during the trip in January. He had a great impression of coach Scott Frost. The quarterback was looking forward to building a better relationship with him. The Huskers’ latest commitment holds 11 offeres from schools around the country. That list includes Kentucky, Michigan, Tennessee, Boston College and UMass.
He offered a clear vision of what he was looking for in a future school after the Huskers’ offered him.
“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.”
The Massachusetts prospect is the first prep quarterback the Huskers have landed recruited by Whipple. He was named MaxPreps Massachusetts Player of the Year in 2021. Watson leading his team to a third straight state championship. The quarterback accounted for over 2,800 yards and 31 touchdowns as a junior.
Watson is the fifth commitment for the Huskers’ 2023 recruiting class. He joins tight end Benjamin Brahmer plus offensive linemen Gunnar Gottula and Sam Sledge on the offensive side of the ball. Florida defensive back Dwight Bootle is the lone defensive commit so far.
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.