Notre Dame Football Recruiting

Coach | 2020 ATH Xavier Watts A Versatile Athlete

April 11, 2019

Xavier Watts‍ is one of the top 2020 wide receivers in the Midwest, but the Nebraska product is starting to receive interest as a potential defender as well.

“I think there are some schools that like him to play defense,” Watts’ coach at Burke High School, Paul Limongi says. “Most want him to play offense.”

Watts has offers from schools like Notre Dame, Nebraska, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State and Tennessee among others.

Notre Dame is one of those schools that’s talked with the Omaha native about possibly playing cornerback.

“He reminds me of that Jabrill Peppers guy from Michigan, like (Charles) Woodson, those types of guys,” Limongi continues. “He’s pretty special.”

Watts traveled to South Bend on Wednesday for a visit with the Irish on Thursday.

Limongi says Watts is a standout football player and person.

“He’s tremendous at both,” the coach explains. “As a kid, he has high character. He’s an honor student. He’s very respected, very courteous, seems to try to do everything right.

“As a football player, he’s competitive, he’s strong, he’s quick. He’s elusive, he’s a gamer. He makes big plays. He’s the best player in the state. He’s just as lethal on offense as he is defense. We’re glad to have him back for another year.”

Limongi saw a pair of players sign with Nebraska this past cycle with linebacker Nick Henrich and tight end Chris Hickman.

“Xavier had two excellent role models to follow and learn from,” the coach says. “He’s going about the process the same way those two guys did, which was perfect if you ask me. They listened to everybody, they’re courteous, they returned calls, they asked questions. They did their due diligence to find the perfect fit.

“X picked up on that and is going about the process very similar to the way those guys did. I think it was outstanding for him to see guys like that and how they handled it and stayed humble and took everything with a grain of salt and continued to work and get better.”

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