Sophomore Stands Out at Scout Combine

Watts Dantzler, an offensive tackle from Dalton High School, is a football prospect to watch.

Dalton, Ga.--Although he is just a sophomore, there is no hiding a guy as big and talented as 16-year-old offensive tackle Watts Dantzler.

One of the prospects who stood out in a Combine in Atlanta last Friday, the 6-7 1/2, 290-pounder notes that he has already received 300 to 400 letters from colleges interested in recruiting him.

"I learned some things at the combine in the drills and improved my footwork," he says.

He will go into his junior season this fall with plenty of experience in football games. He started every contest last fall and earned All-Area and All-Region honors plus he was a second team All-State selection. He started six times on the varsity as a ninth grader.

Dantzler is also the center on Dalton High's basketball team and plays for the Georgia Stars AAU team, but notes that his primary focus is on football.

"Football comes first," he says.

He is obviously focused in the classroom, too, as he is an honor student with a 3.72 grade point average.

Watts Dantzler controls a defensive lineman in a one-on-one pass rush/pass block drill at the Combine in Atlanta.

Dantzler is the son of a former SEC football player and will likely have a chance to play at the same level of college football. "My dad (Danny) played at the University of Georgia in 1969, 1970 and 1971," the lineman notes. "He played offensive guard."

Does that mean his goal is to follow in his father's footsteps. "I don't have a top five right now," Dantzler says. "Whoever is talking to me I am interested in them right now."

This summer the offensive tackle plans to visit several college campuses to attend football camps. "I think I am going to go to Georgia, Tennessee, Auburn and maybe somewhere else," he says.

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