Weighing 380 pounds, defensive tackle Desmond Watson became one of the most intimidating high school football players in the country. He dominated at Armwood High School in Seffner, Fla., and with that frame, it is understandable that he received interest from elite NCAA Division I programs.
Watson didn't have to travel far to play in college. He's suiting up for the Florida Gators in 2021, and he's already turning heads at spring practice because he is even more massive than everyone expected. How does 432 pounds of monstrous, run-stopping domination sound?
Florida's future star defensive tackle stands 6-foot-5 and weighs almost a quarter ton.
Desmond Watson Commits to Florida
Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Miami, Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas A&M were just some of the schools intrigued by Watson's size and talent. South Carolina also reached out to the three-star prospect.
Dan Mullen's staff landed this commitment in July 2020, and since then, the defensive lineman's stock has only increased. Much like his weight, apparently.
Desmond Watson Highlights
It's arguably unfair just how much of a size advantage Desmond Watson had over his peers at the prep level. He forced his way into the backfield with ease, and no quarterback was safe.
— Corey Bender (@Corey_Bender) February 16, 2020
Desmond Watson Florida
I still just ? every time I see Desmond Watson. Dude is huge. pic.twitter.com/3kSAeFKFbI
— Bailiegh Carlton (@BailieghCarlton) February 20, 2021
#Gators DL drills:
Big Desmond Watson and Daquon Newkirk pic.twitter.com/fRrLIpwp0G
— Jacquie Franciulli (@JacquieFran_) February 22, 2021
Everyone knew Desmond Watson was a big boy. But when he showed up to spring practice listed at 432 pounds, it was clear that he's set out to drop jaws instead of pounds.
Working with Florida defensive line coach David Turner will help Watson get the most out of his game.
The 247Sports Composite was not as high on Watson as Rivals, which ranked him as a four-star recruit. The weight may be an advantage in high school, but it could be exploited against higher competition.
Regardless, Watson has the makings of a multi-year starter and could even reach the NFL if his skills develop properly.
Desmond Watson is only going to add strength at Florida, and he'll be an imposing presence on the football field. With solid coaching, he can be an SEC quarterback's worst nightmare.
This post was originally published on January 27 but was updated to reflect Watson's weight.
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