Stopping the run is a critical component to winning games in the Southeastern Conference and teams simply cannot do that without having the big bodies on the line of scrimmage.

Dan Mullen knows that as well as anyone and that’s likely a big reason why his Gator program pursued Armwood High School standout Desmond Watson to join Florida’s latest recruiting class. Those efforts paid off on Thursday as the big Sunshine State native announced his commitment to the Florida program.

The 6-foot-5, 350-pound Seffner, Fla., native is rated as a three-star prospect, the No. 21 defensive tackle in the country and the No. 354 overall prospect in the 2021 recruiting cycle by 247Sports Composite Rankings. While Watson is currently rated as a three-star prospect, it’s important to note his national ranking put him on the cusp of being a four-star prospect.

Currently, Watson is the highest-rated three-star prospect in Florida’s 2021 recruiting class.

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To get an idea of what the big man can do on the football field, check out Watson’s junior season highlight reel below.

Florida’s 2021 Recruiting Class

Player
Rank/Position
Stars
State
Tyreak Sapp
#7 strong side DE
4-star
Florida
Trevonte Rucker
#33 receiver
4-star
Florida
Carlos Del Rio
#11 prostyle QB
4-star
Georgia
Daejon Reynolds
#37 receiver
4-star
Georgia
Diwun Black
#1 JUCO linebacker
4-star
Mississippi
Marcus Burke
#40 receiver
4-star
Florida
Charles Montgomery
#12 athlete
4-star
Florida
Kamar Wilcoxson
#16 safety
4-star
Florida
Gage Wilcox
#13 tight end
4-star
Florida
Chief Borders
#18 outside linebacker
4-star
Georgia
Justus Boone
#19 strong side DE
4-star
South Carolina
Desmond Watson
#21 defensive tackle
3-star
Florida
Donovan McMillon
#25 safety
3-star
Pennsylvania
Nick Elksnis
#15 tight end
3-star
Florida
Jordan Young
#28 cornerback
3-star
Florida
Javonte Gardner
#34 offensive tackle
3-star
Florida
Dakota Mitchell
#28 safety
3-star
Florida
Christopher Thomas
#31 defensive tackle
3-star
Florida
Deyavie Hammond
#1 JUCO offensive guard
3-star
Kansas
Jake Slaughter
#9 center
3-star
Florida
Jalen Kitna
#29 prostyle QB
3-star
Texas
Adrein Strickland
#100 offensive tackle
3-star
Florida
Rocco Underwood
#77 tight end
3-star
Florida