After talking with Watts at length, it appears that Tomberlin is right on in his assessment.
Watts is a huge player. He is 6'5", 290 and is flexible in the position that he plays. While he is currently listed on WACO's roster as a defensive and offensive tackle there is little doubt that he will play on the offensive line in college. But not only can Watts play every snap on offense, he can also contribute on special teams as the long snapper. With all of his versatility and skill, as well as academic prowess (Watts has a 3.8 GPA and has already qualified) Watts is a coveted recruit.
With that in mind, it is no surprise that nearly the whole country has offered him. Watts, however, said that he has narrowed his list to Georgia, Auburn, Florida State, Stanford, and Notre Dame for the time being.
The challenge for Georgia is to make certain that Watts is signed come February 2004. According to Watts, that's not as simple as some have made it sound.
"There's a big push for me to go to Georgia from everyone in town," he said. "But I have to decided which school is best for me."
Watts said that he was upset with a rumor spread that said he was already silently committed to Georgia. "It makes me a little irritated," he said about the rumor.
Watts explained that although the rumor about committing to Georgia may have started elsewhere, it has also been talked about in his hometown. "The rumors are around Washington County too," he said. Watts described the attitude amongst the rumor starters as: "Oh, he'll go to Georgia."
But Watts is not concerned if people think that he has already committed to Georgia or not. He said, "I can't do anything about the rumors anyway, so I don't worry about them."
Meanwhile Watts' relationship with the Georgia coaching staff is "good". He said that while some Georgia fans are certain that he will wear Red and Black, the coaching staff is not approaching it that way.
"They are fighting for me," he said. "They are not certain that I will go there."
While it could sound like Watts is a prep star with a big head, he is not. Watts wants to go through the recruiting process and see what each school can offer him both athletically and academically.
Georgia Secondary Coach Willie Martinez is recruiting Watts for Georgia. According to the big man things are going well between the two.
"He's real laid back. We have spoken several times and it's real easy to talk with him," said Watts.
While Watts is not ready to commit anytime soon, he did say that it would be nice to play alongside some of the linemen at Georgia.