After an early commitment to Western Michigan, three-star Chicago (Ill.) Phillips High defensive end Amir Watts reopened his recruitment in August. One school that recruited him prior to his initial pledge and stayed in contact after his decommitment is Syracuse.
On Monday, Watts informed CuseNation.com that he has set his official visit date with the Orange. The Windy City product will take the trip to Central New York from December 11th through the 13th.
"When I visit Syracuse, I want to see how the teammates feel about each other and build chemistry," Watts said previously. "I think that will probably be a step I have to look at. How the chemistry is with the team and with each other."
The 6-foot-3 defensive end was recently offered by Minnesota and told our Allen Trieu that they will receive one of his four other official visits. Rutgers, Pittsburgh, UCF and Kansas are other schools in the mix for officials. Tennessee has been in contact with Watts, but have yet to offer. If they did, the Vols would likely get an official as well.
Syracuse has had success recruiting the Chicago area in recent cycles. In the 2014 class, Denzel Ward, Colton Moskal and Chris Slayton signed with SU. The Orange followed that up with Andrejas Duerig and Cody Conway as Chicago area products in 2015. They have yet to add a player from Illinois in the 2016 class, but Watts would be strong addition should he choose Syracuse.
The Chicago area pipeline is something Watts noted when they offered back in March.
"It helps a lot," Watts said. "That plays a big role too. To have somebody to relate to, that's what you want. From Chicago all the way to Syracuse, that's a big step."