Nebraska was hoping to land the top two players within the state boundary during the 2020 recruiting cycle, but the Huskers missed out on one of those prospects this week.
On Friday, three-star receiver Xavier Watts announced via Twitter that he would be committing to Notre Dame, picking the Fighting Irish over the Huskers. He’s the second-best player from the state of Nebraska, according to 247Sports.
The top player from Nebraska, Zavier Betts, has already committed the Scott Frost’s team. He is a four-star receiver and currently the second-highest rated prospect in the 2020 class for the Huskers.
— Xavier Watts (@xavierwatts6) July 5, 2019
Watts is an Omaha native and received plenty of interest from FBS programs during the recruiting cycle. He had 13 other offers outside of Nebraska and Notre Dame, though those were the two programs he was most heavily considering.
Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas State, Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin also extended offers to Watts.
Per 247Sports, Watts is a 6-foot-1, 185-pound receiver. He’s ranked as the No. 86 player at his position and cracks the top 500 overall prospects in 2020.
Nebraska still has just seven players verbally committed in the 2020 class. The Huskers rank 12th in the B1G and 64th nationally.