Shannon visits top OL; was it enough?

Randy Shannon visited this offensive line prospect recently. How did that visit go? Was it enough to push Miami to the top? Read on for everything he's saying.

Roy Watts signed with the University of Texas a few years ago and played his first semester there. He then transferred to Navarro Junior College, where he's been the last two seasons. He's set to graduate later this month and will have two years to play two wherever he goes.

Watts took an official visit to Miami earlier this month and told after the visit that he had narrowed his list down to Houston and Miami. So what's the latest?

"(Today) is signing day for Junior College players so I have to decide soon," he said. "I think I'm going to stick with U of H. I absolutely loved Miami and everything but this came down to a family decision and Houston is the best fit for me and my family situation right now."

Watts, 6-foot-5 and 320 pounds, was first offered a couple months ago by UM assistant coach Wesley McGriff. Ever since then, he's strongly considered Miami.

"When Coach McGriff came out here and offered me, I was real happy," he said. "We built up a real good relationship. I talk to him a lot. When I went down to Miami on my visit, I loved everything about it. Coach Stoutland's a great man and a great coach, who has put a lot of players into the league over his years as a coach. Randy Shannon came out to talk to me and my mom. It's nothing against Miami or anything they did. It's just that I think Houston is a better fit for me at this time of my life."

Watts, who has a young daughter and a fiance, said the Hurricanes still have somewhat of a chance.

"I'm not saying it's 100-percent," he said. "But it's pretty close. I have until the start of school in January to sign but I might go ahead and get it done with (today). Miami was disappointed when I told them but they understand my situation."

The talented big man was one of two offensive line prospects from Navarro to visit Miami a couple weekends ago and it looks like the Canes will strike out with both of them.

"My boy Anthony Morgan was in the same situation," he said. "He was committed to Oklahoma State and then considered Miami but then realized that Oklahoma State was the best situation for him. Miami's a great place with great players and great coaches. They'll get other good players, there's no doubt about that."

While the Canes may get a lot of good ones, it appears Roy Watts won't be one of them.

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