Xavier Watts comments on NFL Draft decision, announces Sun Bowl plans
Xavier Watts will play for Notre Dame in the Sun Bowl later this month as he continues to weigh his options with regards to the 2024 NFL Draft.
Watts shared that news with reporters on Tuesday afternoon. He said his decision to play in the Sun Bowl is unrelated to whether or not he will declare for the draft.
Xavier Watts says he will play in the Sun Bowl.
Said he'd want to play in the bowl game even if he was going to declare for the NFL Draft.
— Pete Sampson (@PeteSampson_) December 5, 2023
Watts won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Monday night, which is awarded annually to the nation’s top defensive player. If Watts were to return to South Bend in 2024, it would be a huge boost for Notre Dame’s secondary and defense as a whole.
Watts recorded 47 tackles and 7 interceptions this season. He also had 4 pass deflections, one forced fumble and scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery against USC this season.
Notre Dame has at least one defensive starter who will not play in the bowl game in linebacker Marist Liufau. Liufau announced that decision on Tuesday, saying he will skip the Sun Bowl to prepare for the NFL Draft.
Notre Dame will face Oregon State in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 29.