Grayson High School's Kenyatta Watson, left, was the first defensive back to commit to the Longhorns' 2019 recruiting class. (Hyosub Shin/ajc.com)

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The Dotted Line: Commitment Q&A with four-star cornerback Kenyatta Watson II

Posted May 18th, 2018

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Kenyatta Watson II readies for senior season 

Texas’ lone defensive back commitment in the 2019 class is Grayson, Ga. product Kenyatta Watson II. The four-star cornerback became the second out-of-state commitment in the cycle when he picked the Longhorns over Notre Dame on May 1. He’s since been joined by Chandler, Ariz. tight end Brayden Liebrock. Watson was invited to The Opening Final this summer and is the third-highest rated of Texas’ six commitments, per the 247Sports composite.

Watson is a 6-2 defensive back with experience at safety and cornerback. He has a similar build and playing style to 2018 signee Caden Sterns. Both were considered safeties by recruiting services, but each were recruited by UT at cornerback. Watson thinks his length and physicality will separate him on the outside. He alsocan play nickel.

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At what age did you fall in love with football?

Seven. I really just liked being around my friends and didn’t start taking it really seriously until eighth grade.

What made Texas your choice?

I really like the conference, the scheme, the coaches and Austin.

What are your goals as a senior?

I want to win a state and national championship with my team.

What was most important to you as a recruit?

Honesty.

What word would you use to describe Tom Herman?

Genuine.

Where do you see yourself playing at Texas?

Cornerback.

What artist would you most like to see live?

J. Cole.

Favorite movie?

Anything by Marvel.

Favorite athlete of all-time?

Jalen Ramsey.

Favorite sport to watch other than football?

Track.

2019 Texas Longhorns recruiting class

PlayerPos. SchoolStarsCommitment date
Roschon Johnson QBPort Neches-Groves4July 21 (2017)
T'Vondre Sweat DEHuntsville3Feb. 28
Jordan Whittington WRCuero4March 10
De'Gabriel Floyd OLBWestlake Village (Calif.)4March 31
Kenyatta Watson IIDBGrayson (Ga.)4May 1
Brayden Liebrock TEChandler (Ariz.)3May 8
Tyler JohnsonOLConroe Oak Ridge4May 25
Jared WileyTETemple3May 26
Jake SmithWRNotre Dame Preparatory (Ariz.)4June 3
Peter MpagiDEGeorge Ranch3June 16
Chris AdimoraSMayfair (Calif.)4July 1
Marques CaldwellCBAlvin3July 7
Marcus Tillman Jr.OLBJones (Fla.)3July 28
Javonne ShepherdOTNorth Forest4July 29
Derrian BrownRBBuford (Ga.)4Sept. 16
Tyler OwensSPlano East4Sept. 24
David GbendaILBKaty Cinco Ranch4Sept. 30
Marcus WashingtonWRTrinity Catholic (Mo.)4Oct. 26
Myron WarrenDEMany (La.)3Nov. 19
Jacoby JonesDEButler C.C.3Nov. 21
Caleb JohnsonOLBFullerton College (Calif.)3Dec. 17
Kennedy LewisWRMelissa3Dec. 18
Isaiah HookfinOTFort Bend Dulles4Dec. 21
Bru McCoyATHMater Dei (Calif.)5Jan. 25

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