Linebacker Grant Watanabe (San Antonio/Brennan) is one of those players a defensive coach enjoys. After a junior season with 167 tackles, Watanabe made it quite clear that he can be a tackling machine for an FBS program. Wednesday evening, Watanabe chose to do his future tackling in the Pac-12.
The 5-foot-11, 220-pound linebacker verbally committed to Colorado and became the Buffaloes’ second overall commit.
“It feels good to know that I’m going somewhere; I don’t have to worry so much,” Watanabe said. “It’s a big weight lifted off my shoulders.”
Watanabe chose Colorado over an offer from Utah. He also had rising interest from Baylor and Boise State.
Watanabe was recruited to Colorado by receivers coach Troy Walters. He said his decision was practically made shortly after visiting the campus last month.
“It was pretty much everything about it,” Watanabe said of Colorado. “I really liked my visit when went up there. It was the coaches. I felt more comfortable with them than any of the others.”
Colorado will get an all-state linebacker who made tackling his forte. In addition to his 167 tackles, he also had four interceptions and three sacks. Off the field, Watanabe bench presses 300 pounds and squats 500.
Projected to be an inside linebacker, Watanabe said he was recruited to play either linebacker position. He said he will enter college with a goal of being just as effective as he’s been during high school.
“I’m gonna work to earn everything and play harder than I practice,” Watanabe said. “I’m going to go all out and give my best for the whole team. Hopefully, I won’t disappoint anybody.”