On Friday, Atlanta (GA) Maynard Jackson three-star athlete Dequan Watts announced that he had trimmed his list of scholarship offers, announcing a Top 9 on Twitter, which included the Virginia Tech Hokies.

“First off I would like to thank GOD for blessing me with an opportunity to continue something I love and the 23 schools that gave me a chance to continue my Academic and Athletic career … With that being said I will be focusing on these 9 schools,” he tweeted along with an image depicting a Top 9 of Boston College, Pittsburgh, UCF, Georgia State, Ole Miss, Rutgers, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia.

In May, Watts received a scholarship offer from Zohn Burden and the Virginia Tech Hokies during a whirlwind week that also netted offers from Wake Forest, Colorado State, Rutgers, Georgia Southern, Georgia State and Western Kentucky during the spring evaluation period.

“They play the same defense that we run at school. I think I could fit in easily,” he said after receiving the offer from Virginia Tech.

In June, Watts told 247Sports that he plans to visit Ole Miss and UCF after the NCAA Dead Period, which ends on July 24.

He currently plans to visit Virginia Tech “in August sometime.”

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During the spring, Watts told 247Sports that he is looking at a few different criteria, including distance from home, when making his collegiate decision.

“I really want to stay within six hours from home so my mom can visit for some games but I am willing to do whatever is best for me and she knows the same thing. I am open to any schools,” he said.

“I really want to start as a true freshman and I want to go where I think I can get a degree in sports medicine and compete.”

According to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite rankings, Watts is listed as the No. 79 athlete in the nation and is considered a three-star recruit with a numerical rating of .8556. Virginia Tech is recruiting his as a cornerback.