Watts Is A Leader For El Camino

As a freshman last fall, El Camino LB Winner Watts (6-0, 230) played a backup role, but this fall, he's being counted on to be one of the leaders of a Warriors defense that should be pretty tough this fall...

"I backed up Kristopher Bass and he was really good and he was a sophomore, so I had to get most of my playing time on special teams and I backed up both the MIK (middle linebacker) or the SAM (strongside linebacker)," Watts told JCFootball.com.

Watts finished the season with 31 tackles, one sack and one tackle-for-loss.

This season, he has plans to be a playmaker and leader for the Warriors, so he's been hard at work this offseason getting ready to take on those responsibilities.

"I'm good at stopping the run and in coverage, but I can always improve in every area," Watts said. "I've been working a lot on my speed and my man-coverage skills just so I can be that much better and make more plays."

On the recruiting front, Watts has yet to haul in an offer and only one school has shown him some interest, but that should change once the season gets underway.

"Hawaii has been talking to me a little bit and, so far at least, they are basically the only school I have been hearing from," Watts admitted. "I know I just have to be patient. It would be great to have offers, but since no one saw me play that much last year, I have to just keep proving myself and show everyone that I can play at the next level."

As a prep at Culver City (Ca.) High School, Watts was a player who garnered some looks from schools, but he was unable to get his academics to where they needed to be, so he decided to head to El Camino to keep playing ball.

"A friend of mine, Ivan McClennon, told me about Elco and said I should come over and play," Watts said. "They have a great history hear and a really good program. It was a great place for me to come and get myself ready for the next level, both academically and as far as football is concerned."

Watts is on pace to graduate in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2014 football season.

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