Grayson High School defensive back Kenyatta Watson II chose the Longhorns over Notre Dame. (David Barnes/AJC)

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Texas lands fifth pledge for 2019 class in four-star defensive back Kenyatta Watson II

Posted May 1st, 2018

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Texas went the month of April without adding a commitment to its 2019 class. But it took less than a day into May for the Longhorns to pick up their fifth commitment when four-star defensive back Kenyatta Watson II chose Texas over Notre Dame on Tuesday. Watson, who took an official visit to Texas over the weekend, held 40 offers.

“I just had to follow my heart,” Watson said. “The city of Austin and my comfort level with coach (Jason) Washington and coach (Tom) Herman was a big reason.”

Watson II is a 6-2, 187-pound prospect from Grayson High School in Loganville, Ga. He’s ranked as the No. 163rd overall player in the country and the No. 6 safety in the class. Watson was recruited at cornerback by Texas and is expected to begin his career covering wide receivers instead of playing in space. He’s the first defensive back to choose Tom Herman’s program in the 2019 cycle.

“I liked Texas’ defensive scheme. It was a better fit for me,” Watson said. “I liked the conference because they throw the ball a lot.”

Texas took a similar approach with 2018 signee Caden Sterns. Watson is the second out-of-state commitment for Texas in the cycle, joining four-star outside linebacker De’Gabriel Floyd of California. The Longhorns also hold commitments from a trio of Fabulous 55 members, including Cuero’s Jordan Whittington, the No. 1 player on the list.

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