WARREN – Those who didn't know how good a football player Bearden's DeWayne Watts was before Monday night sure left here with that knowledge after his sparkling performance in a four-team scrimmage.
Watts (6-1, 180, 4.4), who plays quarterback and safety, lived up to his nickname of "Showtime" from the scrimmage's first play when he outraced Texarkana defenders 75 yards to paydirt.
In fact, his first four carries were all simply dazzling while covering 158 yards and he also threw a couple of long passes and added in a couple of big hits as well.
"I came in here today and wanted to show that I couldn't anything that any of the other players here could do," Watts said. "I did just that."
Watts, who has an offer from Arkansas State and high interest from Arkansas and Texas Tech, was a star among stars on Monday night in a scrimmage that also featured Camden Fairview and Warren.
He is coming off a junior season in which he accounted for a whopping 49 touchdowns and over 3,000 yards total offense.
"I know Arkansas is wondering if I am this good because I am doing it at a 2A school," Watts said. "They are wondering if I can do it at an SEC level. I think I proved today that I can. I am not going to lie, if Arkansas offers me, you know I will go there."
He made a big-time statement in an event that also included seven University of Arkansas commits – the Camden Fairview trio of quarterback Jim Youngblood, tailback De'Anthony Curtis and defensive end Lavunce Askew and the Warren Fab Four of wideouts Jarius Wright, Greg Childs, Chris Gragg and two-way star Basmine Jones.
"He is the Real Deal," Youngblood said of Watts. "He is fast and he is strong. He is not muscle strong, but when he gets out there and gets in the open field he is hard to stop whether he wants to run away from you or over you."
In a series of one-quarter games, Bearden downed Class 6A Texarkana 12-0 and whipped Class 5A Camden Fairview 14-6 before falling to Class 4A Warren 21-0.
"The whole Bearden team had nothing to lose and they were out here to prove a purpose," Youngblood added. "They opened some eyes."
Watts could play a multitude of positions on the college level per his head coach Mike Cox.
"Watts showed he was one of the best players on this field," Cox said. "The bottom line is that if you get the ball in DeWayne Watts' hands and give him a crease, it's over with. He is going to the house."
Cox thinks Watts is a high D-1 player and hopes he gets his chance to play at Arkansas.
"He can play on that level," Cox said. "He has to shore up his academics by getting his ACT up. And the thing about it is that he can play a lot of different position from linebacker because he can get up to 215 to 220, he could be a lockdown corner or play safety or running back or wide reciever."
Watts is looking forward to doing even better than his team's 12-2 mark last season.
"We opened up the season against Harmony Grove and my goal is to go 15-0 while punishing everybody," Watts said. "We can if we play just like we did today."
Bearden, Warren and Camden Fairiew all went 2-1 in the even while Texarkana was 0-3.
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