One of the Florida Gators top remaining targets is defensive tackle Desmond Watson (6-5, 350, Seffner, FL. Armwood) who has been a priority for the Gators sometime now.
Watson talks to the Gators a lot and he says it’s mainly two assistant coaches but also Dan Mullen at times.
“I talk to them mostly every day,” Watson said on how often he talks to Florida. “I talk to Coach [David] Turner and Coach [David] Cooper almost every day. I talk to Coach [Dan] Mullen too.”
The defensive tackle announced a top two earlier this month and he broke down why the Gators made the cut for him.
“Florida and Texas A&M,” he said when asked his top two and Florida made the cut. “The connection that I have with them and how well our relationship is. I like the coaches and the people around them. I like how it’s a family there.
Defensive line coach David Turner has explained to Watson just how he will fit into the Gators defense if he chooses Florida.
“I’m the bigger inside pressure guy for the defensive line,” Watson said on how Turner sees him fitting into the defense. “They don’t have really any defensive linemen my size and that’s what they need in the SEC. They want me as a big internal threat at defensive tackle.”
Watson also believes that the Gators’ defense is a good fit for him because of the style and mentality of Florida’s defense.
“They make me feel needed there,” he said. “I feel like it’s a good fit for me and I feel like I can get after it with the way they run their defense there.”
Head coach Dan Mullen has made Watson a priority for months now and has explained why he wants him in Gainesville.
“Just that I’m wanted and needed at defensive tackle,” Watson said on Mullen’s message to him. “He’s an offensive guy but he makes me feel wanted on the defensive line. I like that he’s personally recruiting me.”
When it comes time to decide in August, Watson knows what he’s looking for in a school.
“Who has the best interest in me when I get there,” he said on what will be the deciding factor for him. “Who I feel like can get me to the next level. I’m still not sure exactly when I’m going to announce though.”