Omaha Burke junior Xavier Watts had a busy Monday night when the 6-foot-1, 183-pound receiver was offered scholarships by two Big Ten schools.
Watts tweeted an offer from Northwestern at 7:08 p.m., and 21 minutes later he announced one from Wisconsin.
"I was finishing up study table at school and (Northwestern receivers coach Dennis) Springer called and offered," Watts said. "Then I got home about 15 minutes later and (Wisconsin receivers coach Ted) Gilmore and I talked, and Wisconsin offered me."
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Most schools recruiting Watts want him as a receiver. Through eight games, he has 596 yards on 38 receptions and nine receiving touchdowns. But Watts has shown he can excel on defense, too. At safety, he has 23 tackles and two interceptions, one of which was a 95-yard pick-six.
"It doesn't matter to me what position I play," Watts said. "Wisconsin said the wide receiver and safety coach will be fighting over me if I decide to go there."
A three-star prospect, according to the 247Sports composite, Watts held three power-conference offers prior to Monday night: Purdue, Iowa State and Minnesota. The first Division I school to offer Watts was FCS South Dakota State.
Watts and his family have seen Nebraska, Notre Dame and Iowa State this fall. Iowa, Penn State, Wyoming and Mississippi State have also expressed interest.
"I am going to Nebraska this weekend when they play Minnesota," Watts said. "After that I want to focus on the state playoffs and accomplishing our goals at Burke."
The Bulldogs fell short of the state championship in 2017, losing in the semifinals to Omaha North. Watts and his teammates are looking to change that in 2018.
“We have one clear goal, and that is to win a state championship this season,” he told The World-Herald in August. “We have a lot of seniors and a good class of juniors that are hungry for a championship.”
Power-conference wide receiver prospects are relatively rare at Nebraska high schools, but this year's junior class has two of them with Watts and Bellevue West's Zavier Betts, who at 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds has offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota State.
Since 2009, three receivers from Nebraska have signed with power-conference schools. The most recent was Omaha Central's Teddy Lampkin (Iowa State) in 2011. Waverly's Tyler Evans signed with Nebraska in 2010 as an athlete and played receiver for the Huskers in 2012. Omaha Central's Daryle Hawkins signed with Oregon in 2009 as a dual threat quarterback and settled at receiver from 2009-13.