Dominick Watt commit: What does it mean for Nebraska?
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Hollywood (Fla.) Miramar product has been high on the Huskers for awhile now and announced his commitment at midnight on his birthday. Watt becomes Nebraska's 18th known commitment in its 2018 recruiting class.
Here are some quick takes and analysis on what Watt's commitment means for the Huskers.
1. Head coach Scott Frost may have shown a glimpse of his ability to close on a recruit tonight with the commitment of Watt. The Huskers' head man conducted an in-home visit earlier in the evening with four-star athlete Miles Jones who announced his commitment. Then went down the road for an in-home visit with the four-star wideout Watt who later announced his commitment via Twitter. Watt had yet to visit Nebraska but was apparently sold enough to make a decision.
2. The Huskers now have commitments from six Florida natives in its 2018 class with the addition of Watt. It was apparent the Sunshine State would be an important recruiting ground for Frost and Co. when he was hired, but I don't think many expected NU to end up pulling this many players out of the state. It's the most commits from Florida Nebraska has landed in the Rivals.com era dating back to the Class of 2002, and there is a possibility NU could add a few more before signing day.
3. The addition of Watt likely means Nebraska is done at the wide receiver position. When Frost took over, he mentioned receiver as a position of great need in this class, and he had zero commits following the decommitment of Joshua Moore. Since that time, NU has added four true wideouts in Watt, Jaron Woodyard, Mike Williams and Katerian LeGrone, a big WR/TE hybrid in Justin McGriff and an all-purpose WR/RB in Miles Jones. Those additions completely change the complexion of the wide receiving corps that will be on the roster for next fall.
4. Watt is a physical presence as an outside receiver. He somewhat reminds me of current Husker wide receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. in the way that he plays bigger than what he's listed. He's a strong player that is tough to tackle and has an excellent stiff-arm just like Morgan Jr. as well.
5. On film, Watt is a dangerous deep threat. He won't be the fastest wideout Nebraska has, but that's not to say he doesn't run very well. He shows excellent hands and is very good at catching the football in traffic. He makes tough catches look easy.
6. Watt is great after the catch. Early on in his film, you get a sense for his ability to stretch the field, but as the film goes on you also see how his team utilized him with some bubble screens and short passes that he turned into big plays.
7. One of the most overlooked yet important aspects of being a great receiver is your ability to block. Watt is an outstanding blocker, and it appears to be something he takes pride in doing. With his size, speed, hands, and ability to block he could very well make an impact at Nebraska early on in his career.
8. 2018 Nebraska commit breakdown
1/18/2018 - Dominick Watt - WR - 6-foot-1, 200 - Hollywood, FL - 4 Stars
1/18/2018 - Miles Jones - ATH - 5-foot-9, 166 - Plantation, FL - 4 Stars
1/16/2018 - Casey Rogers - DE - 6-foot-5, 240 - Avon Old Farms (NY) - 3 Stars
1/10/2018 - Mike Williams - WR - 5-foot-10, 175 - East Mississippi C.C. (FL) - 3 Stars
12/21/2017 - Will Honas - LB - 6-foot-2, 225 - Butler County C.C. (KS) - 3 Stars
12/20/2017 - Greg Bell - RB - 6-foot, 200 - Arizona Western C.C. (CA) - 4 Stars
12/20/2017 - Katerian LeGrone - WR - 6-foot-3, 220 - Atlanta, GA - 3 Stars
12/17/2017 - Deontai Williams - DB - 6-foot, 180 - Jones County C.C. (FL) - 3 Stars
12/12/2017 - Adrian Martinez- QB - 6-foot-3, 198 - Fresno, CA - 4 Stars
12/11/2017 - Justin McGriff- WR - 6-foot-6, 210 - Tampa, FL - 3 Stars
12/10/2017 - Jaron Woodyard- ATH - 5-foot-11, 175 - Arizona Western (MD) - 3 Stars
12/10/2017 - C.J. Smith- DB - 6-foot-3, 190 - West Palm Beach, FL - 4 Stars
10/6/2017 - David Alston- OLB - 6-foot-5, 215 - Woodbury, MN - 3 Stars
5/2/2017 - Barret Pickering- K - 6-foot, 185 - Hoover, AL - 3 Stars
4/16/2017 - Tate Wildeman- DE - 6-foot-6, 245 - Parker, CO - 4 Stars
4/8/2017 - Will Farniok- OL - 6-3, 260 - Sioux Falls, SD - 3 Stars
6/17/16 - Masry Mapieu- DT - 6-5, 290 - York, NE - 3 Stars
8/7/15 - Cameron Jurgens- TE - 6-3, 235 - Beatrice, NE - 4 Stars
9. Commits by position
1 - Quarterback
1 - Running back/fullback
4 - Wide receiver
1 - Tight end
1 - Offensive linemen
1 - Defensive tackle
2 - Defensive end
1 - Outside linebacker
1 - Inside linebacker
2 - Safety
0 - Cornerback
2 - Athlete
1 - Special teams
10. Where are they from?
6 - Florida
2 - Nebraska
2 - California
1 - Alabama
1 - Colorado
1 - Georgia
1 - Kansas
1 - Maryland
1 - Minnesota
1 - New York
1 - South Dakota