LINCOLN — Defensive lineman Deiontae Watts will not be playing football at Nebraska, his mother, Sandra, told The World-Herald on Sunday night.
The news of Watts, a 2017 signee from Plano (Texas) East, not coming to Nebraska was first reported by Husker Online on Sunday.
It’s uncertain whether Watts — who will turn 20 in November — will play anywhere this fall. He has a junior college placement at Fort Scott (Kansas) Community College because he signed there along with NU.
Watts was one of four defensive line commits in the 2017 class. A consensus three-star recruit, he was slated to play defensive end in NU's new 3-4 system. The Huskers' other three defensive line recruits — Deontre Thomas, Damion Daniels and Guy Thomas — are all on campus and participating in summer workouts and classes.
Watts is the second member of the 2017 recruiting class that won't be with the team this fall. The first is Calabasas (Calif.) receiver Keyshawn Johnson Jr., sent home from Nebraska in the wake of an arrest for marijuana possession and a lingering illness that kept Johnson out of much of spring camp. Coach Mike Riley has told reporters that Johnson would be allowed to return to the program once he's physically and mentally ready to do so.
A third member of the 2017 recruiting class, Pasadena (Calif.) John Muir cornerback Elijah Blades, one of the highest-rated prospects in the class and a Signing Day commit to Nebraska, also has not enrolled at NU. Blades was the No. 138 player in the nation according to 247 Sports Composite and a consensus four-star. At the end of June, a source familiar with the situation said Blades' eligibility was "up in the air." Blades has not responded in recent months to text, social media or phone messages.
Riley is next scheduled to speak to the media at Big Ten media days July 25. He did not respond to a text from The World-Herald on Sunday.