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85 DAYS TO 2023 KICKOFF: Wesley Watson

In which BracketCat counts down the 85th day until the 2023 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State wide receiver Wesley Watson.

#85 Wesley Watson
With veteran Kade Warner (85) off to the NFL as a free agent, his jersey number is now available for true freshman wide receiver Wesley Watson.
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#85 Wesley Watson

True Freshman | 6-1 | 193 lbs. | College Station, Texas
Wesley Watson
Wesley Watson
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Wide Receiver
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Redshirt
  • Status: On Scholarship

Wesley Watson (b. July 14, 2004) is a promising young wide receiver with agility, toughness and speed from College Station, Texas, who plans on majoring in business administration and likely will redshirt in 2023 despite enrolling early at Kansas State for spring practices.

Once he adapts, though, Chris Klieman says he could play all three wide receiver positions:

It was important for us to stockpile that position again and not just with all one type of player but having that ability to play a few different spots and give us some size.

A three-year letter-winner at A&M Consolidated High School under head coach Lee Fedora, Watson was rated as the 190th-best wide receiver in the Class of 2023 by ESPN.

He totaled 79 receptions for 1,478 yards and 19 yards during his prep career.

Watson was named the District 11-5A Offensive MVP in as a senior despite missing playing time due to injury even as he totaled 614 yards and nine touchdowns for the Tigers.

He selected K-State over an impressive set of offers from Air Force, Arkansas State, Army, Buffalo, Colorado (from which he decommitted prior to choosing the Wildcats), Colorado State, Harvard, Houston, Incarnate Word, Louisiana, Navy, New Mexico State, North Texas, Northwestern State, Oklahoma State, Pennsylvania, Princeton, Rice, Sam Houston State, SMU, Texas State, Tulane, Utah, Utah State, UTEP and Yale, plus interest from Texas Tech.

Watson’s primary recruiter was former wide receivers coach Thad Ward.

He comes from a family full of Aggies, as his father, Matt, is the assistant athletics director for equipment and apparel at Texas A&M, while his grandfather, Mark Dennard, played at A&M before spending five years in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles.

Luckily for us, Wesley chose a more down-to-earth college and will grace Aggieville instead.