So far in the class of 2020, Tennessee hasn’t come up with what they need at the receiver position. Multiple receivers have committed elsewhere, leaving the Vols with a numbers situation to fix heading into the summer.
Jauan Jennings, Brandon Johnson, Tyler Byrd and Marquez Callaway will play their final season in Knoxville this fall, meaning receivers coach Tee Martin needs a few new bodies.
One player that could emerge for Tennessee on the trail is Xavier Watts, a three-star receiver out of Nebraska. Watts included Tennessee in his top six schools, along with Nebraska, Notre Dame, Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa State.
Watts caught 65 passes for 1,093 yards and 15 touchdowns last season at Burke High School in Omaha, Nebraska. The 6-1, 185 pound receiver is ranked as the 405th overall player in the 2020 class by 247 Sports. Watts is the 76th rated receiver prospect and the 2nd ranked player in the state of Nebraska.
Tennessee offered Watts in February. He has one official visit scheduled with Notre Dame for next weekend. Notre Dame currently leads in the crystal ball projections for Watts. The Fighting Irish hold two of the four projections for Watts, while Nebraska holds one.
On the field, Watts is a dynamic threat with speed to burn. Watts makes play after play down the field, blowing by defenders and eating up the angles of defensive backs. He plays two ways for Burke, doubling as a defensive back as well.
Watts is one to watch over the summer months. We’ll see if Tennessee can snag one of his official visits in the coming weeks.