Massive OT visits Tigertown

This massive offensive tackle from the Peach state made his first trip to Clemson since 2003 Saturday night when he was on hand for the 40-24 win over Florida State.

OL Watts Dantzler Profile

Watts Dantzler was on hand for Clemson's 16-point win over Florida State Saturday night and by all accounts, was very impressed.

"I really enjoyed going down to Death Valley for the first time in a long time and being recruited. It was a really fun visit," he said.

The last time CUTigers spoke to Dantzler, he was taking recruiting fairly slow. It's still the same almost two months later.

"It's pretty wide-open," he said. "I'm just taking my time and trying to visit as many places as I can and just narrow it down after a while," he said.

This season, Dantzler has been to games at Georgia, Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt. This weekend he'll be in Columbia for the South Carolina/Florida game. He plans to visit Auburn again when Alabama comes to town for the Iron Bowl.

With the school's he's visiting, Dantzler said he's looking at the head and offensive line coaches, tradition, weight room, academics and atmosphere.

From the sound of it, he's liking what Clemson has to offer.

"The atmosphere--when they run down the hill, that's one of the coolest things in college football. That was really electric when they did that. I really liked that," Dantzler said. "I like coach Dabo Swinney. He's doing a great job down there and it's definitely a good program."

Tigertown's surroundings helps in favor of offensive coordinator Billy Napier, his recruiter.

"I like how Clemson isn't really near a lot of stuff and boom, there's Clemson--the stadium and everything," Dantzler said.

"It's a great program with a lot of tradition. It's a great college."

The weight room in Columbia gains favor.

"They have a weight room under the stadium, kind of like Clemson. It's a little bit nicer than Clemson's, but Clemson's is the second nicest. South Carolina definitely has the nicest weight room out of all the colleges I've visited," Dantzler said. "Coach Steve Spurrier is a great coach with an excellent track record."

Offensive line coach Eric Woolford and quarterback coach G.A. Mangus are Dantzler's main South Carolina recruiters.

He likes Auburn coach Gene Chizik and offensive line coach Jeff Grimes.

"I met (Chizik) in the summer when I went down for the camp," Dantzler said. "He's just real down to earth, a cool coach.

"Auburn is a good SEC program. Any SEC program you look at has a lot of tradition. Any school you go to would be a great school to go to."

Dalton finished the season 7-3 and opens in the first round of the AAAA playoffs against Tucker on Friday. In every game this season, Dantzler said he's graded out between 80 and 90 percent and has 50-60 pancakes.

With offers from every school he's visited and plans to visit, the others include: North Carolina, N.C. State, Miami, Maryland, Stanford and Duke. Top Stories