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.

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

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