FSU after JUCO standout

This is the time of year when JUCO players begin to be heavily recruited by the nation's top BCS programs. Navarro College standout Roy Watts is one of those elite JUCO players who have seen his recruitment pick up lately. NoleDigest caught up him to get his thoughts on his recruitment, and to see if Florida State is recruiting him at this time.

Roy Watts initially committed to the University of Texas in 2005, and ended up signing with them to be apart of their 2006 class. After spending some time there he decided to leave the Longhorns, ending up at Navarro College. Earlier this year Watts made a commitment to the University of Houston at a time when a few schools were coming after him. While he remains committed to the Cougars he now wants to explore some newer options. With his season complete he now can do that.

"Our season ended last week after our first loss of the season," said the 3-star JUCO tackle. "It was the only loss after being the SW Conference champs, but we didn't make it to a bowl. I played tackle this year and felt like I did pretty well. Our running back, right guard and I all made All-Conference and we are hoping to make All-American. It's a big honor. Some people are surprised when they see how quick I move for a big man (he reports that he is 6'5" and 330 pounds)."

Some of the nation's best teams have offered the talented big man, and he is planning on checking out some of those who have showed interest. Two of his newest offers have caught his attention.

"Utah, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Arizona State and Houston have offered me," said Watts of his growing offer sheet. "Florida State and Miami are two schools who have just offered me, which is exciting. Man, the process has become hectic recently, but I'm okay with it. Both FSU and Miami offered me a few weeks ago, and those two offers really stand out. Both are good programs; Miami puts people in the league as does FSU, and FSU has longevity with their coaches."

Watts told NoleDigest that he spoke to Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett recently about the offer, as well as what they are looking for in a lineman in this class. Watts says that it's something that he is very interested in checking out more.

"Coach Trickett said they are looking for a guy who can come in and play right away," explained Watts, "and that they don't want a guy who'll come in and sit on the bench. That's what I'm looking for because I only have two years of eligibility, so playing is important. I'm waiting to hear from the coaches at FSU sometime soon so we can set up a visit date. Right now I've got an Ole Miss visit I have to reschedule, and a visit to Miami. FSU was one of those dream schools as a kid so the opportunity they have will make them a program I will consider."

Roy says that he is on pace to graduate in December and that he'd like to have a decision made before the spring starts. If he isn't comfortable he said that there's a chance he's wait things out until Signing Day.

"Right now Houston is the favorite but I want to see what these schools I have to offer and how they fit me and my family," stated Watts. "I have a fiancé and a kid I need to support so I want the program that has a good combination of football and academics. I haven't decided yet but I want to major in Kinesiology or Sports Management."

"I'm on pace to graduate in one week," continued Watts. "I'm going to take these visits and hopefully make a decision. If I can't I may take this thing to Signing Day."

Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Roy, as well as the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.


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