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Omaha Burke’s Xavier Watts Could Be Close to a Husker Offer

April 03, 2018

Xavier Watts‍ is a standout player for his team at Omaha Burke. The 2020 prospect is a star on both sides of the ball but projects as a wide receiver at the next level. He currently holds offers from Iowa State, Purdue and South Dakota State. Watts attended Nebraska’s junior day on Saturday and the Huskers made a strong impression.

“It was really nice, I really enjoyed it," Watts said. "It was good to see how they operate and how the offense and defense goes, plus how the coaches operate.”

Watts got to see practice, eat and then went on a tour around the facilities. He got to learn about the whole football building before having to leave early. As for his thoughts on the practice style he thought it was nice and really organized. Watts thought the practice looked hard, but he enjoyed the drills they did.

Even though Watts doesn’t yet hold an offer from Nebraska, he has had talks with inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud, who is in charge of recruiting in Nebraska.

“When Coach Ruud came to my school, he kind of talked about an offer," Watts said. "He just said that once the WR coach watches my film we could get deeper into that conversation. We haven’t really talked more about that.”

With the new staff, there is a renewed energy around recruiting in the state of Nebraska. Watts has noticed the emphasis and feels good about it.

“I think it’s pretty cool how they want to get the in-state guys involved in the program," he said. "It gives you guys to look up to where you are from, so that’s pretty cool."

As Watts evaluates his college choices, he does have some other spring visits lined up. He told me that he will likely visit Iowa early in the week, plus he’s going to try to go to South Dakota State and Purdue. There is also the possibility he will go to a Notre Dame camp.

Moving forward, keep an eye on Watts as he will likely be part of Nebraska’s 2020 plans as they look to keep the best talent from leaving the state.

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