Aside from casual games of pick-up basketball or 7-on-7 football, twins Natorian and Nataurean Watts have always played on the same sports team. From youth sports to Richton High School and Petal High School to now Jones College, the wide receivers have always donned the same uniform and always worked to expose the same defense. For both, it’s hard to put their on-field chemistry into words.
“It’s an amazing feeling,” said Natorian. “We’ve been together our whole life.”
That being said, they never ruled out going their separate ways past the junior college level. Instead, they left it to fate. Simply put, if it was meant to happen, it would happen.
“It was just wherever our roads take us,” said Nataurean. “We had to focus on ourselves.”
As Nataurean says, it all worked out in the end.
In April, Tulane’s coaching staff was represented at a Jones spring practice, and a day later, they called Natorian up to offer he and Nataurean the opportunity to join the Green Wave after their sophomore seasons in Ellisville.
With several former teammates now playing at the school, the offer immediately jumped out at them. Linebacker Nick Anderson played his freshman season at Jones with the Watts twins before transferring to Tulane, and running back Stephon Huderson was a senior at Petal when they were juniors.
Nataurean says Huderson actually planted the idea of the trio reuniting one day at Tulane years ago. Last Friday, that vision shifted towards reality, as the Watts twins announced their verbal commitment to the Green Wave. It was a recent visit to campus which sold them on being part of the program.
That and the fact Tulane was recruiting them harder than any other school.
“When we got down there, it just felt like we were at home,” said Nataurean. “I guess it was the former teammates down there, and coach [offensive coordinator Will] Hall, who I’ve known from a while back.”
Hall, along with 10 players on Tulane’s current roster, is a Mississippi native (Amory).
“Sip taking over Nola,” remarked Natorian.
Listed at 6-foot-3, 176 pounds, Natorian describes himself as the deep threat of the group, while Nataurean (6-foot-1, 183) claims to be the quickest and a more balanced route runner. Together, they combined for 39 receptions, 579 yards and six touchdowns as freshmen at Jones College in 2018. Since the season came to a close, they’ve picked up dual scholarship offers from Liberty, Louisiana Monroe, South Alabama and, of course, Tulane.
“Going to Jones, it’s helped us develop as players,” explained Natorian. “We’ve been taught stuff we didn’t know before. Coaches come to practice, and they can tell we’ve gotten better as players.
“It takes a lot of weight off your shoulders. It’s a good feeling to know we’re finally getting noticed. We’re just gonna keep rolling with it.”
Both players expect to play early and contend for starting spots as juniors when they get to Tulane in 2020, but right now, they’re focused on one final season with the Bobcats, who are coming off a 10-win campaign, a Mississippi Bowl victory over Eastern Arizona and a top five finish in the NJCAA rankings.
“With the class we got coming in, we’re getting it [a national title] this year,” said Nataurean.
Added Natorian, “It’s gonna be a show, so be ready.”
Meanwhile, moving forward, both say they will keep an open mind when it comes to their recruitment.
“It’s still open. We got a whole season left.”