Lanky lineman looking for offers

With linemen a priority in this year's recruiting class, Russellville's John Watts is getting a long look for the Tide coaches.

Scouts describe John Watts (6-7, 265 pounds) as an athlete with a long wing span, great hips and terrific feet.

Given his frame and weight, Watts is a lanky lineman right now. But his Russellville High School coaches expect him to fill out and eventually turn into a tall, 300-pound blocking machine.

Last season Watts labored in the shadow of "all everything" Aaron Sears, who signed with Tennessee. But he plans to be the featured attraction as a senior.

Handling the right tackle position, he was second on his team a year ago in blocking (graded over 85 percent). Watts allowed only four sacks all season. Following the year he was selected to the All Area, All Region and All State teams as a junior.

Despite his size, Watts has been timed at 5.1 in the 40-yard dash. His coaches plan to switch him over to left tackle as a senior, based on his tenaciousness and a bit of a mean streak.

Football camps often take up the summer before an athlete's senior season, and Watts is no different. He reports plans to camp at both Alabama (June 21) and Auburn. If Alabama's coaches like what they see in person, a scholarship offer could be forthcoming.

Watts bench presses 275 pounds, squats 405 and power cleans 245. He has a 3.1 GPA and made 15 on his first attempt at the ACT. He expects to qualify on his next attempt.

He lists his early favorites as Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss and Florida. He reports offers already from Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Memphis and UAB.

NOTE: Watts told's Scott Kennedy in a recent interview that he "grew up" an Auburn fan but that he considers himself "wide open" at this point.

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