Watts Connects, Commits

The 6-4, 290-pound junior offensive line prospect, <b>Walter Watts</b>, finally gets in touch with the UCLA staff and makes his official commitment for 2006...

After a week of playing phone tag, Los Banos (Calif.) offensive linemen Walter Watts (6-4, 290) finally got through to both offensive line coach Tom Cable and head coach Karl Dorrell on Thursday.

"Yeah, we kept trying to get a hold of them, but they couldn't call me. I talked to them finally today, and they were both really excited," said Watts. "They told me they were waiting for me to call. I was on the top of the board there, and I'm the first guy to commit."

Watts, who is one of the top offensive linemen in the West for the Class of 2006, can play both left and right tackle, but may play guard at UCLA.

"Getting this out of the way now, the coaches told me its time to focus and be ready when I get there," said Watts. "I want to come in and help out right away, so I have to take care of business this year."

Watts said he will most likely return to UCLA this summer for the Bruins 4-Day Camp and will also possibly attend the Stanford Nike Camp.

At the camp, Watts was measured at 6-3, 275, but he said he's been working out and putting on muscle. We reported then that he had good quickness and instincts.

Coming from a small-town, Watts said word was getting around fast.

"It got out quick, but everyone is really happy for me and real supportive," said Watts. "My (offensive line) coach has coached two other guys in the Pac-10, one at Oregon and one at Cal and I'm keeping up the tradition."

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.

Watts said he will have no difficult qualifying.


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