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William ‘Pop’ Watson III Flips Commitment to Virginia Tech After Coaching Change

December 11, 2022

Former Nebraska football commit William “Pop” Watson III flipped his commitment to Virginia Tech on Sunday.

Watson, a 3-star quarterback from Massachusetts, was recruited to Lincoln by former offensive coordinator Mark Whipple. He committed to Nebraska on February 22, just after Whipple took over the Huskers’ offense in his only season. Watson and Whipple’s relationship went back to when he would go to UMass camps when he was in sixth grade. Watson was left in limbo with the coaching change and looked elsewhere. Virginia Tech offered him on Saturday and Watson swiftly flipped his commitment the next day.

The dual-threat quarterback was recently named to the Army All-American team as a senior and will play in the U.S. Army Bowl. He was named the Massachusetts Offensive Player of the Year by MaxPreps as a junior after throwing for over 2,000 yards with 22 touchdowns and three interceptions, and running for 590 yards with seven touchdowns. His output dropped this year with 1,131 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions passing and 286 yards and two touchdowns rushing. Watson is the eighth-ranked recruit from Massachusetts.

Nebraska is now No. 67 in the composite recruiting rankings with 12 commitments. Nebraska gained the commitment of speedy high school athlete Kwinten Ives and Florida transfer long snapper Marco Ortiz on Sunday as well.

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