ISU Visit Still Appealing to Texas O-Lineman

Although he has yet to hit the recruiting trail as a member of Iowa State's coaching staff, it appears the addition of offensive coordinator and line coach Barney Cotton is already starting to pay dividends for the recruiting class the Cyclones will sign next month.

Take for example the recruitment of a talented offensive lineman from Fresno (Texas) Hightower, Sheldon Watts. Rumor had it yesterday that the 6-foot-3, 270-pounder had cancelled his visit to Iowa State and would probably end up committing to Arizona after a visit to Tucson this weekend.

But that wasn't the case for long, as Watts appears to be very interested in tripping to Ames the weekend of Jan. 23-25. It should come as no coincidence that the Cyclones had just hired a coach at Watts' position, and offered him a scholarship around the same time.

"I like Iowa State because it's in the Big 12," said Watts. "If I go there I'd probably have a great opportunity to play against some of my friends, and would get the chance to play early. They run the schemes that we have. My recruiter from Iowa State, Coach (DeMontie) Cross is a good person and that reflects well on the school."

But it's pretty clear that two schools from the state of Arizona will still be tough to beat for Cross and the Cyclones.

"Recruiting is going pretty well," Watts said. "I have a lot of offers right now, but my top three right now are probably Arizona State, Arizona and Iowa State. I'd like to make a decision after I get my top three (visits) out of the way. I have also planned a visit to Hawaii on January 30th."

Watts already Arizona State the weekend of Dec. 12 and tripped to Louisiana Tech last weekend. Coaches like Watts for his athleticism, and ability to play numerous positions on the offensive line.

"A lot of these coaches are telling me I have a great motor and am nasty," Watts said. "They say I'm very quick, athletic and could probably play any position on the offensive line."

The all-region player started on Hightower's varsity squad the past two seasons after getting called up in time for playoffs as a freshman. His team finished 9-4 overall and advanced to third round of playoffs this season where it lost to Nimitz, 14-13.


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