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2017 Plano East DT picks up SMU offer

Billy talked with 2017 Plano East defensive tackle Deiontae Watts, who grabbed his first offer from SMU recently.

2017 Plano East defensive tackle Deiontae Watts talked with SMU defensive backs coach Jess Loepp and he was told that he picked up an offer after the SMU staff got together to watch his film. Loepp and Watts talk a lot and he's building a nice relationship there.

"He's a really cool guy. I like him a lot. We actually talk pretty often and about how my football team is doing and how his football team is doing," Watts said. "The coaches are awesome."

The local lineman didn't realize SMU was so close to home, but isn't sure how much that will play into his decision.

"I'm finding out some new things about SMU. I always knew about SMU, but I didn't realize it was actually in Dallas. I thought it was somewhere else in Texas," Watts said. "Staying close isn't bad, but I'd also like to see life on my own."

Watts visited for SMU's game against Tulsa and came away impressed with the facilities and how close the team is.

"It was really nice. I really liked the place and the facilities. The stadium was really nice," Watts said. "We saw the team come out through the tunnel and the team had a good team bond. There was a lot of spirit for the school and that impressed me."

The 6-3, 300-pound lineman was impressed with how the defensive staff worked with the players and had things the way they wanted them done.

"The defense is strong and they were working on things and it was really nice. I like how they organized things," Watts said. 

Texas, Texas State and Stanford have all sent mail and shown interest to Watts, who is looking for a school that has a good medical program.

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