Massive OL talks Tigers, favorites

This massive offensive lineman from the Peach state has a host of schools on his early offer list, including Clemson.

Junior offensive tackle Watts Dantzler is keeping his options open through the early portion of his recruiting process.

"It's still wide open. I'm going to spend the next year or two going to as many colleges as I can," he told CUTigers the day after seeing Georgia beat visiting South Carolina.

"Right now, there's no top five or anything."

Along with Clemson, his offers include Georgia, Auburn, Tennessee, South Carolina, N.C. State, Maryland, Miami, Stanford, Vanderbilt and Duke.

His only visit to Tigertown was for the season opener in 2003 against Georgia. Dantzler gives high praises to the Tigers despite little familiarity with the orange and purple.

"Clemson is a great program. I know Dabo (Swinney) is in his first year down there. That's really all I know about them," he said.

Dantzler said he offensive coordinator Billy Napier called Dalton HS and offered during spring practice. The offer has Dantzler interested in seeing Clemson's campus for the first time in six years.

"I think I'm going down there for a game. I'm not sure which one, but I'm hoping to get to one this year," he said.

Before making the trip to Athens, Dantzler visited Tennessee to see the Volunteers beat Western Kentucky.

At Tennessee, "I got to talk to all of the coaches because there weren't many recruits there. It was a good trip."

At Georgia, "It was good. I got there a little bit late because there was nowhere to park. I went down to Coach (Mark) Richt's office and he offered me. That was good to get an offer…it was a great trip."

Dantzler's late father Danny Dantzler played at Georgia for Vince Dooley. He's grown up around Bulldog football but the offer doesn't necessarily put them alone at the top. Dantzler said it does mean a lot to have that offer, however.

When considering schools, he's going to be evaluating the coaches (head and offensive line), the school's tradition, weight room, academics and atmosphere.

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