Watts Likes Wisconsin's Patience Approach

While some schools offered without much of an introduction, the University of Wisconsin took its time building a relationship with St. Louis Christian Brothers College defensive tackle Armon Watts before offering him a scholarship.

Up to 10 offers in his recruiting process, St. Louis Christian Brothers College defensive tackle Armon Watts is used to the blindside. Multiple times through the process, Watts says he's been offered scholarships by schools without having any sort of conversation with the coaches.

Perhaps that's what made the scholarship from Wisconsin standout in Watts' mind, since the Badgers coaching staff developed a relationship with him first before offering him a scholarship.

"I really liked that because I got to know the coach, the defensive line coach," Watts told Badger Nation. "I got to get real comfortable with the program. I actually liked how they did that."

The 6-5, 273-pound Watts, a three-star prospect rated the No.58 defensive tackle in the country by Fox Sports Next, has been popular during the spring evaluation period, as he has picked up offers from Arizona State, Arkansas State, Cincinnati, Missouri, New Mexico, Northern Illinois and Toledo in addition to Wisconsin.

Talking with Wisconsin defensive line coach Chad Kauha'aha'a over the last several weeks, Watts is excited to possibly visit Wisconsin this summer.

"I think it's a really great program," said Watts. "They've won a lot of Big Ten championships recently, so they are a successful program. I am hoping to find a time to visit them this summer."

After not playing varsity football as a sophomore, Watts recorded 57 tackles and four sacks as the team's nose guard during his junior season, helping his team go 11-1. He's already taken unofficial visits to Missouri and Kansas State, and says three schools are recruiting him the hardest currently.

"Offer wise, the schools that have been recruiting me the hardest are Wisconsin, Missouri and Memphis," said Watts. "Those are the schools that have really been talking to me."

Watts is visiting Vanderbilt and Tennessee today and hopes to visit Oklahoma, a visit he was suppose to make last week but was postponed because of weather.


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