"I haven't been able to get a hold of Coach (Tom) Cable," Watts said Thursday night. "But when I do, I'm committing to him. I've gotten letters from all the Pac-10 and from Notre Dame and some offers, but I know UCLA is where I want to go."
An athletic tackle, Watts said when he camped at UCLA last summer, and he stood out enough to get the coaches attention. "Coach Cable said he really liked the way I play, and they were recruiting me all year. Ever since I was little, I wanted to go to UCLA and now I have the chance."
Watts can play both left and right tackle, but prefers left. However, in UCLA's system, it would be a weakside/strongside flip and he said he could play either. He also said if they want to him to start out at guard, he's fine with that. "I'll play where they put me," he said. "I'm more comfortable at tackle, but I can play anywhere."
Athleticism runs in the family for Watts. His dad played basketball at Utah for Rick Majerus, and UCLA assistant basketball coach Donny Daniels, a former Utes assistant, is a family friend. He said, "Yeah, my dad said he'll have Coach Daniels keep an eye on me," said Watts.
After attending UCLA's camp last summer, we reported that Watts had good quickness and instincts. At the camp, Watts was measured at 6-3, 275, but he said he's been working out and putting on muscle. "I've been lifting a lot, and then playing basketball to stay strong. I've got athleticism. I can dunk too."
He is already regarded as one of the best offensive linemen in the West for next year. As a junior, he was named to the San Joaquin All-Section team and, with that athleticism, is a starting forward for Los Banos's basketball team. He is averaging around 10 points and 4 rebounds a game, and scored 22 points in his most recent game.
Watts attended two UCLA games last fall, against Oklahoma State and against USC. He said the proximity of UCLA to Los Banos played a role. "Its close to home and my family can come and see my play. Its only like 3 hours to get there," he said.
With an early commitment, Watts understands that he will still probably hear from other schools, but isn't worried. "I'm giving my word to UCLA. I know other schools will try, but I'm all about UCLA."