Highly regarded defensive back Kenyatta Watson is taking a step back in his recruiting process. The Class of 2019 four-star prospect from Loganville (Ga.) Grayson de-committed from Florida State on Sunday.
Watson had been on the Seminoles’ commitment list since April. But after seeing Florida State struggle this past season and then undergo coaching turnover, Watson has decided to reopen his recruitment, take his time and explore other options.
Options are aplenty for Watson, who has amassed more than 30 scholarship offers. The top-150 player in his class is being heavily recruited by a host of programs.
“Notre Dame, Texas, Tennessee, Penn State, Michigan, Southern Cal, Florida, Texas A&M, Cal. LSU also,” Watson listed when asked which schools are showing the most interest.
Watson (6-2, 180) is a prospect on Clemson’s radar. He has visited Clemson a few times, including for its junior day last March as well as the Louisville and NC State games in 2016.
Though the Tigers have not yet offered, Watson said it isn’t too late for them to join the mix.
“It would be nice to have,” Watson said of Clemson offer, “and I would be interested for sure. It’s Clemson. … My recruitment is wide open.”
Watson’s father, Kenyatta Watson, played with Clemson cornerbacks coach Mike Reed at Boston College in the early 1990s. Meanwhile, Mickey Conn was Watson’s head coach at Grayson High before he was hired by Clemson in 2016 as a defensive assistant and later promoted to safeties coach.
Watson mentioned those ties as reasons why he would be interested in Clemson if it comes calling in the future.
“It’s never too late,” he said. “My dad and coach Reed played together in college, so I have a good relationship with him, and coach Conn coached me in high school.”
Watson wants to make his final decision before the start of his senior season. He currently is planning visits to Tennessee, Notre Dame, Texas, Michigan, Southern Cal and LSU.
In 12 games as a junior this past season, Watson allowed just five completions in coverage and did not give up a touchdown.