Discussion in 'Awesome Recruiting' started by gator10, Feb 16, 2021.
Gotta find a way for HIM to decide that.
It is funny that there seem to be two extreme views on DW. One is that it is a terrible sign that he weighs that much—we can write him off completely or at least for a couple of years. The other is that he’ll be contributing as a true freshman. All I know about DW is that he is not in the shape to contribute now. That is usually a basic prerequisite, but not sufficient, as there is a lot to learn. My guess is that we will see how he is developing next spring.
I believe he will play 5-10 snaps a game this year. His motor may not be where it needs to be but he’s still strong as hell.
The two transfers not only buy time for some of the younger DTs like Watson to develop but they help provide the example on things like effort, consistency and technique.
I don't think they are necessarily extreme views because even with quick feet at his weight if he never sheds a middle schooler of weight he will be limited because he will be winded and won't be able to get off the field against teams with tempo and will be a red zone option only or only usable against predominantly run teams without tempo. But otoh he can be a disruptive force immediately if the opponent has a young or sub-300 lbs. center who will get dominated by Watson to give up unforced errors. Watson could require double teams to get movement for a running game between the tackles if he can give us just 5-10 reps a game as a freshman.
Goal-line or third-and-short snaps, I would guess.
Exactly, he will single handed change the way an O can succeed.
He needs to lose some but his size alone makes him a positive on D
If he can get to around 370 and under by the time he’s a junior, he could be out Ted Washington. Im sure @apkgator remember big Ted when he was at Tampa Tech.
But Ted actually was 290ish in college and ended up over 360. Wow
I meant simply that the comments/predictions seem to be on the extreme ends of the spectrum. The truth is DTs rarely contribute heavily as true freshmen—very difficult position to do that. I don’t think his 430 pounds will help him see early playing time. On the other hand, I don’t see any reason why he couldn’t contribute relatively early (on the usual DT development timeline) as long as he can get into a better weight for him. (Of course, that better weight FOR HIM need not necessarily be 300 pounds—it may be more like 360/70–and it is entirely possible that his size turns out to be a positive once he is ready.)
A more interesting question might be how hard he works between now and next spring to get into better condition. Sometimes kids like this (great natural athletes who didn’t have anything like an organized nutrition and conditioning program) thrive once they have the right structure.
If opponents have inexperienced OLmen, the two 320 pound transfer DTs who’ve come in will be more than sufficient, with stronger upper bodies and better conditioning.
Dez Watson is (IMHO) a 5* star talent in high school with a 5* star offer list to prove it... I'll BET real money that he plays like a 5* star throughout his career in Gainesville.
I agree he will have certain D’ s to play with such as goal line where he can shine
I hope he plays against Bama in the Swamp...
He should play no matter the size
If he doesn't play goal line I will smh.
I wouldn't Smash My House over it... Lol...