Oklahoma has been a frequent visitor to Plano (Texas) East the last couple of seasons in its pursuit of five-star linebacker Anthony Hines.
But there’s another reason why the Sooners are heading there now – to get a chance to see four-star defensive tackle Deiontae Watts.
Watts, ranked No. 269 in the Scout 300, has seen is recruiting stock soar in the last couple of months. Included in those offers was one from the Sooners a few weeks ago.
Just another offer? Not likely. Watts will forever go down as the first offer made by Calvin Thibodeaux as OU’s defensive line coach, but there’s something more to it.
“It does mean a lot to me,” Watts said. “Not only am I the first offer of his, but OU is definitely one of my favorite schools.”
Watts was born in Chickasha, Okla., before moving to Texas so the Sooners have been on his mind for a long time. Watts said he never got a chance to attend any of the games when he was younger but has always watched them on TV.
Listed at 6-foot-3 and 300 pounds, Watts certainly looked the part at The Opening regional Sunday in the Dallas area. It might have taken him a while to hit the national spotlight, but he has done just that.
Watts isn’t upset about the fact it took so long for him to become a name to remember. He said that a lot of it was his own doing.
“At one point, I had dropped football to focus on my grades,” Watts said. “I missed a big gap in my sophomore year before coming back as a junior.”
Watts has been able to watch Hines go through the process, and there might not be a better representative of how to handle the process more than Hines. He said he’s learned to simply stay humble and not let the attention get to your head.
He has no plans set in stone right now, but Watts said he would like to visit OU next weekend as he wants to continue to build that bond with Thibodeaux. And Bob Stoops.
“I talked to him on the phone recently, and he was telling me how much he really wanted me there,” Watts said.
As the offers started to trickle in, Watts was wondering if OU was going to come around. He said he sort of saw the offer coming but that doesn’t matter. Because not only did he see it coming, he was hoping it was coming, too.
As of right now, Watts said he is no rush to make a decision, and it would be tough to blame him after seeing his recruitment take off here in the last month. He wants to get out and see schools and OU is definitely near the top of that list.