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Arizona football recruiting: 3-star OT David Watson verbally commits to Wildcats

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The Wildcats land their second commitment of the 2018 cycle

David Watson

The Arizona Wildcats got a lot better up front this weekend.

On Saturday, 3-star Tucson-Amphitheater High School offensive tackle David Watson committed to the Wildcats. Watson became the second commitment of the 2018 recruiting cycle and it is an important one.

Why is this important? Well, Arizona only brought in Las Vegas-Desert Pines offensive lineman Edgar Burrola during the 2017 cycle.

Watson is also a legacy recruit. His father, David Sr. (pictured above), played offensive guard for the Wildcats in the ‘90s. His mother, Laura Espinoza, played softball at Arizona. She was a three-time All-American.

"He definitely has the genes," Amphi football coach Jorge Mendivil told AZCentral’s Richard Obert.

Checking in at 6-foot-6 and 300 pounds, Watson is a large human being. Needless to say he is adding some much-needed size along the line.

"He's the kind of kid if you tell him that someone will match up well against him, he'll go out there and try to prove you wrong," Mendivil said. "He loves the competition."

I like what Watson brings to the Wildcats. He is quite fast for a human his size. He is extremely powerful and has a tenacity to his game. He has a knack for punching holes in the defense, allowing his running back to gain chunks of yards. He is still a little raw but has a large amount of upside.

Some of his game clips can be found here.


2018 Arizona football commits

Name Position Position Ranking Rating Height Weight High School City
Name Position Position Ranking Rating Height Weight High School City
Armani Adams S 117 *** 6-0 190 Lakewood St. Petersburg, FL
Tre Adams WR 182 *** 6-3 190 Wakeland Frisco, TX
McKenzie Barnes CB 123 *** 6-2 170 Edison Fresno, CA
Jailen Bailey WR 278 *** 5-10 180 Lincoln San Diego, CA
Steven Bailey OG 39 *** 6-3 290 Centennial (Glendale CC) Peoria, AZ
Jaiden Dockery S 95 *** 6-0 195 Lancaster Lancaster, TX
Jhevon Hill ATH 66 *** 6-3 185 Cajon San Bernardino, CA
Martell Irby RB 101 *** 5-10 200 Morse San Diego, CA
Mykee Irving DT 42 *** 6-4 330 Calabasas Calabasas, CA
Issaiah Johnson ILB 36 *** 6-3 220 Los Alamitos Los Alamitos, CA
Jamarye Joiner QB (Dual Threat) 24 *** 6-3 205 Cienega Vail, AZ
Donovan Laie OT 102 *** 6-6 315 Oceanside Oceanside, CA
Thomas Marcus WR 171 *** 6-4 185 San Diego San Diego, CA
Jaden Mitchell WR 193 *** 6-0 180 Desert Pines Las Vegas, NV
Jake Peters TE 62 *** 6-5 240 Santa Margarita Catholic Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Adam Plant WDE 48 *** 6-5 245 Bishop Gorman Las Vegas, NV
Darrius Smith RB 119 *** 5-10 175 Dawson Pearland, TX
David Watson OT 117 *** 6-6 300 Amphitheater Tucson, AZ
Zach Williams WR 211 *** 6-3 205 Jones Creek Alpharetta, GA
Christian Young S 60 *** 6-1 201 Foster Richmond, TX