June 4, 2008

Ole Miss remains in mix for former Texas OT

Despite having picked up some additional offers recently, Ole Miss remains in the mix for Corsicana (TX) Navarro J.C. offensive tackle Roy Watts, thanks in part to Watts having a couple of teammates on the Rebel squad.

Watts, who was originally a Texas signee and redshirted with the Longhorns during the 2006 season, was a teammate of former Texas quarterback Jevan Snead, who transferred to Ole Miss after the 2006 season. Watts also played with Rebel tight end Gerald Harris, who played for Navarro last season. Harris signed with Ole Miss last December and came out of spring practice as the Rebels' top tight end.

Watts said he picked up an offer from Oklahoma three weeks ago and Oklahoma State offered a week later.

Both offers came on the heels of a host of coaches showing up from Watts' spring game on May 14. Rebel offensive line coach Mike Markuson was at the game along with coaches from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Kansas State. Out of the group, Kansas State is the only school yet to offer according to Watts.

"Recruiting is going good," Watts said Tuesday evening. "The same teams are recruiting me, plus OU, OSU, K-State, and Grambling. I talked to Ole Miss in the last week or two and they say they are still interested and want me to stay on track to graduate."

Watts held offers from Arkansas, Ole Miss and Houston prior to the Oklahoma schools offering last month.

Watts, a 6-foot-6, 300 pound offensive tackle projects on the left side of the line where the Rebels will have some big shoes to fill after the 2008 season when All-American Michael Oher finishes up his eligibility.

Watts said he has no favorites at this point.

"I haven't visited any of the schools that have offered, so I definitely want to check them out before I make a decision," he said. "Right now, I like them all."

Watts apparently won't make any unofficial visits, preferring to take official visits this fall.

"Jevan has been telling me I should come to Ole Miss for a long time," Watts said. "Now that Gerald is there, he's telling me the same thing. They are both speaking good about Ole Miss."

One thing that will impact Watts' decision is a major life change.

"I've become a family man," Watts said. "I have a fiancée and a child, so how we'll all be accepted is really important to me."

"I need to see for myself (what the schools look like)," he continued. "Anyone can say it's good for them, but that doesn't mean it would be good for me. I have to see what's best for me."

Watts says he's on track to graduate in December where he could enroll at the school of his choice in January and go through spring practice. He will have two years of eligibility remaining to play two years after redshirting at Texas in 2006, and playing junior college ball in 2007 and 2008.

Watts, left Texas for the same reason as did Snead.

"I wasn't getting any playing time and I didn't see much of a chance of getting any," said Watts, who was rated a three-star prospect coming out of high school."

Watts, who played a Worthing High School in Houston, was a four-time all-district (22-4A) performer. He earned second-team all-state honors from the Associated Press and the Texas Sports Writers Association as a senior in 2005 and was named first-team district 22-4A that season. He was also was a four-year letterman in basketball and averaged a double-double during his senior season and was consistent member of the Honor Roll.

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