Florida State football hires ex-college WR Kenyatta Watson as director of player relations
Florida State football coach Mike Norvell announced Tuesday afternoon via press release former Boston College wide receiver Kenyatta Watson has been hired as the team’s director of player relations.
Watson, who also played for the Dallas Cowboys, will also serve as FSU’s pro scout liaison.
“Kenyatta brings a unique perspective as a former student-athlete and the parent of a current collegiate athlete,” Norvell said in a statement. “His ability to understand the needs and concerns of our student-athletes is going to be a tremendous asset for our team. He has spent years investing in creating opportunities for young people, and his experience as a player, father and staff member will help guide parents of prospects through the process. Kenyatta has valuable relationships in Atlanta and is well-connected throughout Georgia, which is an important area of focus for our program.”
Watson helped nearly 120 student-athletes sign football scholarships from 2014-18 when he worked as the director of football operations and recruiting for Georgia high school powerhouse Grayson High.
Watson also served as game coordinator for the Under Armour Middle School All-American Game and UA Next Middle School Camp Series.
Watson, who joins FSU in Norvell's second year as they try to rebound from three consecutive losing seasons, expressed his enthusiasm about joining the Seminoles in the same statement.
“Florida State is a destination program,” Watson said. “With the tradition, championships and players, what more can you ask for? I look forward to being part of Florida State returning to the pinnacle of college football. I’m extremely excited to be in my role and will make an immediate impact.”
In 2017, he developed and oversaw the Coach K National Middle School Showcase for sixth through eighth graders around the country in 2017 and has experience as director for adidas Middle School Showcase, Rivals NextGen Showcase, MVP Middle School Showcase and Elite Talent Middle School Football Showcase. In 2010, he founded Gwinnett Chargers Football, a youth program in Gwinnett County that featured nearly 500 players by its third year.
Watson, who is from Deerfield Beach, Fla., earned his bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in marketing from Boston College in 1996.
During his playing career, Watson played in 40 games for Boston College and finished with 93 catches for 1,215 yards and five touchdowns. Watson also totaled 816 yards and two touchdowns on 84 punt returns, as well as 1,436 yards on 67 kickoff returns. He led the Big East and finished second in the nation with two punt returns for touchdowns in 1995.
Watson’s wife, Janelle, played basketball at Boston College, and his son, Kenyatta II, is a defensive back at Georgia Tech.
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