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Admiral Farragut's Craig Watts 'USF 100 percent'

Admiral Farragut's Craig Watts and his mother, Erika Watts, smile after Craig signs paperwork with USF.

Lara Cerri | Times

Admiral Farragut's Craig Watts and his mother, Erika Watts, smile after Craig signs paperwork with USF.

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Craig Watts admitted he only got a few hours sleep on the eve of national signing day. That’s understandable after all of the ups and downs in his recruiting process.

First there was a trip to Wisconsin. He was sure Madison was the place for him and he committed to the Badgers. But after thinking about it, he decided  to re-open his recruiting process.

Then came a trip to Colorado, after which he was sure Boulder would be his new home town. But in December he started to re-think that decision and thought it would be best to decommit yet again.

In January, Watts visited USF. He finally found a home.

The Admiral Farragut defensive back made it official on Wednesday, signing with the Bulls and donning a USF cap in a ceremony at the high school. Turns out the best college for Watts was only a few miles away.

“It was kind of a hard process," Watts said. “I flipped from team to team. I wasn’t feeling totally committed. But now I feel good about it. I’m USF 100 percent."

Watts is considered a four-star defensive back by most recruiting services. Even after his two decommitments, Watts still drew interest from schools like Ohio State, Florida State and North Carolina.

He said it came down to his comfortability with the USF coaching staff.

“(Head) Coach (Willie) Taggart had a lot to do with it, that and staying close to home," Watts said. “I have a great relationship with Coach Taggart and we’ve been talking every week. I’m going to get a chance to start next year and I’m going to work as hard as I can to do that. I want to help USF get to the top."

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 3, 2016 11:44am]

    

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