Inside the Class of '06: Roy Watts

The 20th in a daily series of interviews and photo essays on members of the Longhorn Class of '06: Signee Roy Watts.

Roy Watts, Jr.
Offensive Lineman
Houston Worthing High School
NR (at OL): 79 SR: 85 Star Rating: ***

An Inside Texas conversation with Worthing head coach Eddie Snow on Roy Watts:

IT: What are Roy’s strengths as a football player?

Snow: Roy is an all-around athlete -- football player, basketball player, track and field, matter of fact he's going to be entered into the Big Man relay at the Madison relays. Hard worker. Very focused. Great determination and very disciplined. He knew he was going to Texas since Eighth Grade when I recruited him out of Adducks Middle School and I'm looking up at this young kid in Eighth Grade, and he said, Coach, if I come to Worthing, do you think I'll be able to go to The University of Texas, and I'm looking at this kid saying to myself, You can go anywhere you want. [Laughs] But he was dead set on The University of Texas and that was one of the things I really appreciated, he did not switch in the middle of the race, he knew where he wanted to go and God made it possible and that's where he decided to go and he'll be a Longhorn.

IT: What did coach McWhorter tell you that he saw in Roy?

Snow: He has great feet. That's one of the big things (McWhorter) said, He's got good feet, coach. I think one day he was here during the spring, we were playing seven-on-seven football and Roy was a split end and Roy made a razzle dazzle move and got open, caught the football, and I think that's what blew (McWhorter's) mind to see a big guy like that catch and run. From then on he was set he was a great athlete. Like I told him, all the other accolades with basketball and track and field, he's done an outstanding job in all sports. He's one of the guys we're going to really well miss. We wish there was some kind of way we could keep him here but we know that we have to turn him loose and let him go.

IT: Where did he play for you guys?

Snow: He played offensive tackle, but we would put him wherever we needed him. Eighty-percent of our runs came behind him. He's the kind of kid that would come to you in the middle of the ball game and he would say to you, Coach, run behind me. Coach, 24 lead is there all day. And I listened...

[Note from Clendon: Our conversation with coach Snow was cut short at this point, and I've had trouble getting back in touch with Snow since. For those of you that don't know, Worthing is located in South Houston in what can best be described as a poor area of town. Snow told me back in January when we (briefly) visited the school that the phone in his office has not worked since last fall, and despite repeated requests to get it fixed, it simply has not happened. So the difficulty in getting in contact not only affected us, but far more importantly it affected the ability of college recruiters (particularly from small schools, where many of his athletes projected to land) to get in touch with him. It is truly a different world at a place like Worthing vs. many of the other schools we've visited over the last few years. Given the environment, Roy Watts is a true success story in rising above his surroundings, athletically and academically.]

UT's Signing Day bio: A four-time all-district (22-4A) performer who was also his team's deep snapper … earned second-team all-state honors from the Associated Press and the Texas Sports Writers Association as a senior … named first-team district 22-4A that season … tabbed second-team all-Greater Houston … notched 16 pancake blocks … led Worthing to at least 250 yards rushing in three games on the season … named first-team all-district (22-4A) as a junior … helped Worthing to an 8-4 record that year … also was a four-year letterman in basketball … averaged a double-double during his senior season … also was a three-year letterman in track and field … posted a career long throw of 42-0 in the shot put … consistent member of the Honor Roll … volunteered at the Chocolate Bayou Senior Citizen Center … uncle, Raymond Baylor, played defensive end at Texas Southern and in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers (1974) … cousin, Raymond Baylor II, played on the defensive line at the University of Minnesota (1995-97) and professionally with Saskatchewan of the CFL (2001) and Duluth of the IFL … full name is Roy L. Watts, Jr. … born on Sept. 16, 1986 in Houston, Texas.

"It just feels like home there. I was also impressed with the academics at Texas. I want to study engineering and I felt like Texas would be a great place to go for that. When you combine, the academics and the football team, it doesn't get any better than Texas."


All photos: Will Gallagher/Inside Texas

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