Colorado State found success in the 2017 class recruiting nearby Windsor, nabbing all-state linebacker Corte Tapia. The Rams have dipped back into the class 4A powerhouse and are closely keeping tabs of two-way lineman Zach Watts, a second team all-Colorado selection as a junior last fall.
Watts, a 6-foot-5, 270-pounder who picked up his first offer from Wyoming last week, took in a CSU Junior Day Saturday. He was one of a handful of special visitors.
"It was awesome. We started out by meeting all the coaches, got my height and weight, then introduced myself to everyone," Watts said of his time at CSU. "I got to meet Coach Bobo for the first time and all the other coaches. We went down on a bus and toured the whole new stadium and looked at all the progress of the new stadium right now, which is awesome. We came back, got dinner, then went up to the (basketball) game last night and got to watch that good game."
Other schools showing strong interest include Montana, North Dakota and Utah. Wyoming sits atop his list of recruiting favorites, since the Pokes are his first and only offer. CSU is a close second, while he admitted Colorado would be a dream offer. The Buffs have yet to reach out to him early on in his recruitment.
Watts will visit Wyoming for their Junior Day on Friday and plans to camp at both CSU and Wyoming this summer. Speaking with the Cowboys' head ball coach was a thrill for Watts.
"I got a call from Coach (Craig) Bohl last Monday. He just cut right to the chase with me, saying they were going to offer me a scholarship. They kind of like the way I play, how aggressive I am. I was so excited when they first told me. I really had no idea what to say back, because I was speechless," Watts explained.
Wyoming continues to prioritize Colorado prospects, but having a friend and former teammate already up in Fort Collins may help the Rams if they do decide to offer Watts.
"I definitely have a lot of interest in CSU, just because I've grown up going to all the games there. Being able to play with Corte would be a great opportunity, so there's definitely a lot of interest, and I'm just really excited to see what happens."
CSU has targeted Watts as an offensive lineman. Conversations with offensive coordinator Will Friend and Bobo helped Watts understand what CSU likes about him, as well as where he sits with them recruiting-wise. He said he would be grateful for a Rams offer, but is trusting the process right now.
"They said we're just going to keep talking and keep visiting. They'll make sure I head up for some spring practices and keep in contact with all the coaches. They said they liked I went both ways and played as many snaps as I did. They're excited and I'm excited to keep in contact with them to see what the future holds. Coach Friend said they want me as an offensive lineman."
As a junior, Watts received first team all-conference, second team all-state, and Six Zero All-Colorado team honors. Watts' schedule remains full, as most days comprise of him attending baseball practice, lifting or doing a football related training activity after, then going home and doing homework. He will visit more colleges following the spring baseball season.
Watts said location won't factor too heavily into his decision. What is most important, he said, is finding the right opportunity for significant playing time, plus a school with great academics so he can eventually pursue a Masters Degree.