The Badgers' offer for Watts – rated a three-star recruit and the No.59 defensive tackle in the country by Fox Sports Next – came in June after Wisconsin defensive line coach Chad Kauaha'aha'a had an opportunity to start a relationship with him. It's slowly progressed from that point.
"Wisconsin is really excited to get me there for an official," Watts told Badger Nation. "They said me coming is a big deal for them. I would like to experience it and keep building my relationship with them."
In addition to building a relationship with Kauha'aha'a, Watts talks to his recruiting contact, tight end coach Jeff Genyk, at least a couple times a month.
"He tells me that coming to Wisconsin is a great experience in both football and academics," said Watts. "He said they'll be able to help me take my game to the next level and become a better overall player. They said I can be a key part of what they want to do defensively."
Watts also has plans to see Syracuse, a school he is intrigued by because of its move to the ACC.
"I didn't know much about Syracuse until they started recruiting me," said Watts. "I've gotten to know their coaching staff, and they've told me a lot about their program. I am very interested in them and I school I want to take a look at."
Arkansas immediately jumped into Watts' top group after first year head coach Bret Bielema offered him following a camp in Fayetteville on Saturday. Saying Arkansas had been recruiting him for a long time, Watts was told he got the offer because of his footwork and ability to be an explosive player off the line of scrimmage.
"The visit went pretty good, and then they offered me," Watts said. "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."
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."