Watts Talks Arkansas Offer

St. Louis Christian Brothers College defensive tackle Armon Watts reacts to his offer from Bret Bielema and Arkansas Saturday, saying the Razorbacks are now one of his favorite schools.

After taking visits to Tennessee and Vanderbilt and leaving empty handed, St. Louis Christian Brothers College defensive tackle Armon Watts was beginning to wonder if SEC visits were even worth his time. It turned out that the third time was the charm.

Spending time at Arkansas for a camp, to see the new facilities and meet the new coaching staff, the 6-5, 273-pound Watts picked up his third SEC offer from the Razorbacks.

"The visit went pretty good, and then they offered me," Watts told Fox Sports Next. "I did a lot of individual work with the coaches. The new defensive line coach (Charlie Partridge) is a great guy. The facilities were great. To have an offer from them is a pretty cool thing."

The offer for Watts – rated a three-star recruit and the No.59 defensive tackle in the country by Fox Sports Next – became official after his meeting with first-year head coach Bret Bielema.

"They have been recruiting me for a long time, so they knew what type of player I was," said Watts. "He liked that I was able to move and said I can be an explosive type of guy. He was all over (the camp), but him sitting down and talking to me was pretty good."

The offer from the Razorbacks puts Arkansas in Watts' top three with Bielema's former school, Wisconsin, and Syracuse. Watts also has offers from Arizona State, Cincinnati, Kentucky and Missouri, among others.

"Arkansas is definitely one of my top choices," Watts said.

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 plans to take at least a few official visits – mentioning possibly Arkansas, Oklahoma, Syracuse and Wisconsin - before making his decision.

"If I could take all five visits that'd be great, but I need to sit down and think about my options," said Watts. "I have a couple schools in mind, but I haven't really narrowed it down if I am going to take all five."

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