Xavier Watts has been committed to Notre Dame since July 5. Since then, there was one moment of wavering on whether Omaha Burke’s do-it-all athlete would sign with the Irish.
“When I found out Coach Long was leaving, I had a question,” Watts said.
That would be offensive coordinator Chip Long, who parted ways with the Irish earlier this month, but rumors about his exit began percolating before that.
Then coach Brian Kelly, receivers coach Del Alexander and recruiting coordinator Brian Polian addressed Watts’ concerns. That’s when Watts realized he didn’t commit to Notre Dame for just one person. “I committed to a program,” he said.
An in-home visit with Kelly and Alexander on Dec. 5 further alleviated any trepidation with the staff change.
Watts is a key member of the Irish’s No. 13-ranked recruiting class, according to 247Sports composite. The three-star prospect is one of three receivers in Notre Dame’s class.
Watts will be an early enrollee and is looking forward to the next chapter. “Being able to finally go do it and be a part of the program now, it’s exciting,” he said.
He will leave Omaha for South Bend on Jan. 11. Move-in day is Jan. 12 and spring practice begins March 5.
Watts finished his Burke career with back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons for 2,978 total yards and 36 receiving touchdowns.
Choosing Notre Dame over his home state school among others wasn’t an easy decision. Omaha, Omaha Burke and the Bulldog coaching staff are held dear.
“It means a lot,” Watts said of his relationship with the Burke staff. “They helped me get to where I am as a player and a person. ... If I ever need help I know they are there to help me.”
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