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Georgia Tech Football: Meet the Newcomers - Cornerback

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There’s only one addition here, but it’s a pretty big one!

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As this series moves into the secondary, I think there’s one name that really stands out among the rest, and that is cornerback Kenyatta Watson II.

Watson announced that he was transferring to Georgia Tech back in October. At 6-1, 190, the former Grayson standout fits the mold of what Geoff Collins is looking for in a corner: big and physical.

As a four star recruit by both Rivals (5.9) and the 247 Sports Composite (0.9427), Watson originally committed to Texas after (according to Rivals) being briefly committed to Tennessee for a day. I should note here that I could not find any verification on this, and it is not listed on his 247 timeline.

After the hiring of Geoff Collins, Georgia Tech tried to sneak in and flip Watson’s commitment from Texas, but entering the game so late, Tech was unable to flip him before signing with Texas.

While at Texas, Watson appeared sparingly in his first season, appearing in four games and using his redshirt season. This past season, he appeared in just one game before announcing his transfer.

With such limited playing time at Texas, I’m going to use his high school film.

Watching his film, it’s easy to see why Collins wanted him so badly that he was the first guy Collins offered after getting hired at Tech. He is a physical corner who, at least in this film, does not get beat off the line very often and does a great job of keeping his receiver contained to either force a throw somewhere else or allow him to get a hand in there and knock it away.

Watson currently has four years of eligibility remaining, having only used his redshirt season, so I think this is one of the biggest additions. Tech is getting a young and really good corner.

How do you feel about the addition of Kenyatta Watson II?