Maryland offers Florida safety Craig Watts


Just one day after securing a commitment from safety Mike Viti, Maryland is targeting another safety.

The Terps have offered Florida safety Craig Watts.

Watts is a four-star defensive back that plays for Admiral Farragut Academy (Fl.) and is No. 287 in 247Sports’ composite rankings. He is also rated as the 16th best safety and the 41st best player in the state of Florida.

Watts currently has offers from many of the major powerhouse programs from around the country, including Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, and Wisconsin.

On June 9, Watts announced that he was very high on South Florida and that it felt like “home.”

Watts is scheduled to visit Wisconsin on June 18, but currently doesn’t have any other visits lined up. It sounds like Watts wants to announce his college decision on his mother’s birthday, which falls on July 14.

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It appears that Maryland has gotten involved very late in his recruitment, but you can never count Maryland’s staff out.

In recent years, coach Randy Edsall and his staff have had some success recruiting in the state of Florida. The Terps have gained pledges from defensive lineman Chandler Burkett, cornerback Denzel Conyers (by way of Butte College in Calif.), cornerback Will Likely, and defensive lineman Kingsley Opara.

With that type of success in the first four years of Edsall’s tenure, Watts could potentially take a closer look at Maryland. Obviously, the presence of quarterback commit Dwayne Haskins also doesn’t hurt the program’s chances with a high profile recruit like Watts.

With such a significant need in the secondary, Watts would be a monumental get for the Terps.