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Sky is the limit for Florida's newest defensive line commit

July 30, 2020
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THREE-PART SERIES: FORMER FIVE-STARS WITH AN ASTERISK

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Seffner (Fla.) Armwood three-star defensive tackle Desmond Watson‍ may have only announced his commitment to Florida on Thursday afternoon, but the big man actually committed a while ago, but kept it a secret.

“I told the [Florida] coaches about three weeks ago,” Watson said about his pledge to the Gators. “I talked to Coach [Dan] Mullen, Coach [David] Turner and Coach [Todd] Grantham. They were all ecstatic about it.”

After narrowing his list to a final three of Florida, LSU, and Texas A&M, Watson said he finally decided between a final two of UF and A&M based somewhat on a coach – David Turner – who has had stops at both programs.

“Coach [David] Turner has coached a lot of NFL players and I feel like he is the best coach to develop me to get me to the next level.”

Both Watson and Turner have been building a relationship for a while now.

When Inside the Gators visited Watson at school last August, he was already high on the man who now figures to be his future position coach.

“I liked it up there because of Coach [David] Turner.” said Watson. “He's one of those 'old school' coaches, but he's fun to be around. I talk to him and he's on me about staying on track and letting recruiting take care of itself later. He's a cool coach.”

He may have the best relationship with Turner, however, when Watson arrives on campus, he will also be relying heavily on another staff member as well.

Last spring and summer Florida Strength & Conditioning coach Nick Savage worked wonders with offensive lineman Ethan White, helping him to shed over 60-pounds, which helped him start a game as a true freshman.

Watson said he believes Savage is the man to help him as well.

“Savage definitely knows his stuff,” said Watson. “I've seen the difference in some of the players after they worked with him for just five months. If you buy into what he wants you to do, he will get you in great shape.”

On Thursday Watson told Inside the Gators that while they didn't give him a target weight, the Florida staff wants him to work on losing weight.

He has already begun that journey on his own.

Once solidly ranked as a four-star prospect, slotted in the top 125-150 range on the 247 Sports Composite, Watson saw his ranking begin to drop as he began to add weight late last year.

Though he is listed at anywhere from 315-pounds to 350-pounds by the major recruiting services, Watson said he was over 390-pounds before he recently started dieting.

“I've lost around 25-pounds since I started my diet about a month ago,” said Watson. “I'm probably about 365-pounds right now.”This goes back to what we saw at the Under Armour Orlando stop – where Watson looked as good as any prospect on the field early on, but then got winded and looked about average until he had a chance to rest.

Currently, Watson is the No. 354 ranked prospect in the nation according to the 247 Sports Composite.

The Inside Scoop: Thoughts on Watson and his ranking posted on the We Chomp Chat

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Sky is the limit for Florida's newest defensive line commit

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When he gets in great shape and dominates this year they'll all move him up to 4 stars.
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