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Nevada offensive lineman Cole Watts enters the transfer portal

Cole Watts
Cole Watts played in nine games at Nevada, mostly on special teams. (Byrne Photo/Nevada athletics)

Wolf Pack offensive lineman Cole Watts announced his intention Monday to transfer out of Nevada.

The 6-foot-6, 310-pound Watts was entering his redshirt sophomore season at Nevada. He played two games in 2019 and seven in 2020, almost exclusively on special teams. The Wolf Pack wrapped up spring camp Saturday with its annual spring game.

"First and foremost I would like to thank God for blessing me with the opportunity to fulfill my goal of obtaining an education through playing the sport I love," Watts said in a post on his Twitter account. "Next, I would like to thank my family and Allison for their love and support throughout this process. Lastly, I would like to thank the University of Nevada-Reno, Nevada football, past and present coaches and The Union for the great memories and lifelong friends I have made while in Reno. That being said, I have decided to enter the transfer portal immediately and look forward to the next chapter of my life."

A native of Orem, Utah, Watts' only FBS offer came from Nevada. He also received offers from Dixie College, Snow College and Independence Community College. Watts was rated as two-star prospect by 247Sports.com coming out of high school. He was on scholarship with the Wolf Pack. He was on the Dean's List in the university's College of Liberal Arts.

Watts graduated from Orem High School where he was a two-sport athlete in football and basketball. He was a first-team all-region and first-team all-state selection as a senior when he led his team to the 2017 state championship.

Watts is the the 10th player in the Wolf Pack's 21-player 2019 recruiting class to leave the school, joining LB JaVanz Dornners, QB Austin Kirksey, TE Ryan Smith, LB Patrick Willis, LB Jalen Williams, DL Logan Arnold, DE Javasia Brunson, TE Henry Ikahihifo and CB Cam Stephens.

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