Tigers In the Mix for Big Offensive Tackle

Watts Dantzler talks about recruiting and his interest in Coach Gene Chizik's Auburn Tigers.

Dalton, Ga.--Junior offensive tackle Watts Dantzler has been receiving plenty of attention from college coaches after standing out at a Scout.com Combine last spring in Atlanta near the end of his sophomore season at Dalton High.

Scholarship offers are coming in on a regular basis for the 6-7, 285-pounder who last week put Auburn on his list of five early favorites along with Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and Vanderbilt.

"Recruiting is going good," Dantzler says. "Everything is kind of crazy now with a lot of coaches coming in. I am trying to take it in stride and enjoy everything going on. I am just thankful to have the opportunity to do all of this."

Dantzler notes that he is in no big hurry to make a college pick. "I am still going to take a lot of visits so I can get a better grasp of what I?want to do," he says. "I went to about nine unofficial visits last season and I went to a lot of summer camps and I have been to two junior days."

Watts Dantzler

This year he has been to junior days at Auburn and Georgia. "I have been to Georgia a lot and their junior day was good," he says. "Auburn's junior day was very good. They showed me a lot of academic stuff. Anywhere you go there are going to be nice academics and good stadiums. I am just trying to keep an open mind and take it all in."

Dantzler, who is carrying a 3.8 grade point average, says he isn't certain what he wants to study in college. He notes that he is thinking about chemistry.

Also a good basketball player, he is averaging 11 points and 10 rebounds per game in that sport. In the spring he may throw the shot put and discus for the Dalton High School track and field team.

However, football is his focus. He notes that he works out 1 1/2 hours prior to school every day. He says he may add a second football training workout in the spring if he decides not to compete in track and field.

Dantzler attended the Scout.com Showcase event at Competitive Edge Sports last week in Dublin, Ga., where he watched the action. "The combine last year got my name out there," he says. "I decided to come back and watch the combine and just hang out."


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