April 13, 2024

After a few years in the ACC, the former off-field worker is transferring to the SEC.
Coaching changes are still being made across the country as spring football approaches. Multiple members of Florida State’s off-field personnel have left in recent years, including Director of Scouting John Garrett, who will join Duke in early 2024.

Kenyatta Watson, a former FSU off-field staff member, accepted a position at Auburn earlier this week. Watson will serve as Director of Recruiting Research and Strategy under Tigers head coach Hugh Freeze. He formerly served as Director of Scouting and Pro Liaison at Georgia Tech for the past two years.

The timing is interesting, since Watson’s time with the Yellow Jackets ends just months after his son, Kenyatta Watson II, entered the NCAA Transfer Portal. Watson II has spent the last three years at Georgia Tech as a reserve defensive backfield and special teams player. He arrived at Georgia State last month.

Watson started his college coaching career at Florida State in 2021. He worked as the Seminoles’ Director of Player Relations and Pro Liaison before leaving for Georgia Tech after nine months on the job. His connections in the Peach State were critical on the recruiting path.

 

Kenyatta Watson II - Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Defensive Back - ESPN

 

Watson had nearly a decade of experience coaching youth and high school football before moving to Tallahassee. He served as Grayson High School’s Director of Football Operations and Recruiting for five years, during which time the school had almost 120 players earn college scholarships.

Watson has also served as coordinator for the Under Armour Middle School All-American Game and the UA Next Middle School Camp Series, as well as director of the Adidas Middle School Showcase, Rivals NextGen Showcase, MVP Middle School Showcase, and Elite Talent Middle School Football Showcase.

Watson attended Boston College, where he became one of the most prolific returners in the Big East.

Freeze has made several coaching changes this offseason. Auburn hired new offensive and defensive coordinators, including Derrick Nix, DJ Durkin, and Charles Kelly.

 

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