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Xavier Watts received a Husker scholarship offer when he attended a game last fall. Now he's one of Nebraska's top recruits for the 2020 class.

The Xavier Watts visit tour resumed with a trip to Notre Dame on Thursday.

“It was great,” Watts said. “It was great to hear how the coaches really feel about me and how they see me fitting in and all of the other good stuff like the facilities and tradition.”

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound receiver from Omaha Burke visited Wisconsin last week and will attend Nebraska’s spring game Saturday. He will also visit Michigan on April 20.

This was his first visit to Wisconsin and second to Notre Dame.

“My visit to Wisconsin was good,” Watts said. “They showed me more than I expected.”

He took game-day visits last fall to Nebraska, and returned to Lincoln for an unofficial visit March 15. Watts received a scholarship offer from the Huskers when he attended the Minnesota game Oct. 20.

“I have a good relationship with (Nebraska). I text or maybe get on the phone once or twice a week with Coach (Scott) Frost, (Barrett) Ruud or (Troy) Walters.”

He made The World-Herald’s All-Nebraska team after catching 67 passes for 1,093 yards and 14 touchdowns for the state champion Bulldogs. He also had 58 tackles at safety.

Watts holds offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Louisville, Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Purdue, Tennessee and Wisconsin in addition to Nebraska.

Watts will be one of several in-state recruits at Memorial Stadium for the spring game. Here’s a breakdown of some other notable prospects:

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» Teddy Prochazka, Elkhorn South: The 6-8, 266-pound sophomore offensive tackle holds offers from Nebraska, Northwestern and Michigan. Nebraska was the first to offer Prochazka a scholarship Oct. 20. Northwestern offered in December and Michigan in February. Frost and Ruud visited Elkhorn South in early December. Prochazka made multiple trips to Lincoln for game-day visits in the fall and returned March 30 for the Huskers’ Junior Day.

» Isaac Gifford, Lincoln Southeast: The 6-foot, 175-pound junior safety is a three-star prospect, according to the 247Sports composite, and received an offer from Oregon State last January. Gifford is the younger brother of former Husker linebacker Luke Gifford. His Southeast teammate Xavier Trevino, a 6-2, 280-pound offensive lineman, will join Gifford for the spring game. Trevino also attended Nebraska’s Junior Day.

» Blake Anderson, Omaha Skutt: The 6-4, 285-pound junior offensive lineman holds offers from FCS schools Northern Iowa and Youngstown State. He recently visited Kansas State, Northern Illinois, North Dakota State and South Dakota.

Notes

» Bellevue West juniors Zavier Betts and Jay Ducker were invited but won’t attend NU’s spring game. They’ll be in St. Louis to participate in The Opening regional camp on Sunday. Betts, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound receiver, committed to Nebraska over Minnesota recently and is the No. 90 prospect in the country, according to the 247Sports composite.

» Omaha Westside’s Avante Dickerson, whom Nebraska offered on March 29, will also be at The Opening camp in St. Louis. The 6-1, 170-pound defensive back, kick returner and running back previously received scholarship offers from Minnesota, Iowa State and South Dakota State. He took two game-day visits to Nebraska, one to Iowa and one to Iowa State last fall.

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