"Auburn Guy" Chooses To Be A Tiger

This big lineman plans to sign with the Tigers on Wednesday.

Russellville, Ala.–Auburn continues to finish the 2004 football recruiting season with a flurry of activity.

On Monday the Tigers added one of Alabama's top offensive linemen to the fold when John Watts announced his intention to sign with the Tigers. He took an official visit to AU this past weekend.

"He has committed to Auburn," Russellville Coach Perry Swindall tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "He just said it was the better fit. He's liked Auburn for a while and feels good about that decision. He feels like Auburn is close to home and really he's always been an Auburn guy.

"He felt like it was a better fit than Nebraska, although he enjoyed his visit there. He really liked the campus at Nebraska and everything about it, but he just felt like Auburn was the better fit."

The 6-6 3/4, 267 Watts considered both Nebraska and Louisville before deciding to become a Tiger.

"I've always been a big Auburn fan my whole life," Watts says. "Auburn has always been a good program and they play in the SEC. I have always wanted to play SEC ball."

John Watts is shown in the state championship game this past year in Birmingham.

A two-year starter at offensive tackle, Watts is a player who had the attention of several schools throughout the year before he tore his ACL during the quarter-finals of the Class 5A playoffs. Despite the pain he sat out just one game before returning for the Golden Tigers to play against Briarwood Christian in the state title game.

After having surgery to repair the damage on Dec. 31, he says he's on track to be ready to play next fall. Russellville Coach Perry Swindall says that Auburn is getting what he believes is a lineman who is only going to get better with age.

"He's potentially a tremendous football player," Swindall says. "I think his best football is ahead of him. He's just now growing into his body. He's still light and I think definitely his best football is down the road. As he continues to mature and grow he's going to be a great football player."

On Wednesday at his school, Watts will sign at an 11:15 a.m. ceremony in Russellville along with four of his high school teammates. Along with the big offensive tackle signing with Auburn defensive end Brandon Suggs willl sign with Troy State, his cousin Quinn Suggs will sign with UNA along with wide receiver Reggie Hubbard.

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