Omaha Burke WR Xavier Watts chooses Notre Dame over Nebraska

For the first time in the Scott Frost era, an offered recruit inside the state’s borders won’t be playing college football in Lincoln.

2020 wide receiver Xavier Watts out of Omaha Burke high school chose Notre Dame Friday afternoon, making him the first Nebraska high school player since Bryson Williams (Lincoln Southeast) in 2018 to commit to a Power Five program outside of the Cornhusker state.

After going five-for-five on in-state commits in 2019, the Huskers are now one-for-two in 2020, with Bellevue West four-star wideout Zavier Betts already committed for the class.

Watts projects at either wide receiver or defensive back in college, and likely won’t need to make a decision until he steps on campus with his college team.

Despite Watts’ verbal commitment, the Burke standout can’t lock in his pledge to the Irish until the Early Signing Period in late December. Last year, the Huskers flipped highly-touted all-purpose back Wan’Dale Robinson from his Kentucky commitment with a strong push late in the process.