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Kenyatta Watson II Has Always Wanted To Visit Notre Dame

January 9, 2018

2019 Grayson (Ga.) defensive back Kenyatta Watson II‍ decommitted from Florida State earlier this week, and he will head to South Bend at the end of the month for Junior Day. 

The 6-foot-2, 177-pounder played with 2018 Notre Dame signee Derrik Allen‍ in 7-on-7 and heard good things about the Irish program. 

“Part of the decision came from some players I played 7-on-7 with and friends that are committed there now,” stated Watson. “He told me to come up and check out the campus because it’s a nice place.

“Another part of it was coach (Mike) Elko came down before Christmas break. He was encouraging me to come up for a visit, and it’s just a place I’ve always wanted to visit.”

Elko has left for Texas A&M, but he wasn’t the only staff member Watson had been speaking with, as Autry Denson has made a tremendous impression. 

“I text coach Denson on the regular,” Watson explained. “It’s the best coach and player connection you can get. He’s constantly sending me pictures of Bible verses, and he leads me on the right path. He gives me words of kindness to help me get to the right place.” 

Watson plans on taking a few visits this winter and spring to see a few schools high on his list. 

“I’m going visit Notre Dame, Ohio State, Texas, Texas A&M and USC,” Watson said. “Texas is one of those places I have been looking at for a long time. 

“I’m not just saying Texas A&M because Jimbo Fisher is there, but they have had some good players. Armani Watts played free safety and schools are known for producing good defensive backs.”

On his visits, Watson will be looking for a few things, but finding the right fit academically is an essential factor in his decision. 

“For the most part, I’m looking at academics,” Watson said. “I’m also looking for a place I can see myself for the next four years.” 

With his recent decommitment, Watson isn’t focused on committing, but he will soon look at if he will use his official visits this spring or save them for the fall. 

“I don’t have a timeframe right now,” said Watson. “I’m taking my time and focusing on school. I haven’t really put a time on anything. 

“I think I am going to take two official visits in the spring, but I’m not certain if I will yet or not.” 

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