Richard Davenport is a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Watts' mother on board with decision
Glenda Williams and son, defensive lineman Armon Watts, an Arkansas commitment.
Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema convinced Glenda Williams, the mother of Hog defensive line commitment Armon Watts, the Razorbacks would look out for her son’s well being.
“He really shared a lot of good things with me and Armon,” said Williams, who visited Arkansas with her son last Friday. “I feel like Armon could become a really good player under his guidance. I just really feel good about it.”
Watts, 6-5, 270, 5.1 seconds in the 40 yard dash, of St. Louis Christian Brothers College High picked the Razorbacks over 13 other scholarship offers, including Missouri, Wisconsin, Kentucky and Syracuse.
The Hogs tripled team Watts with defensive coordinator Chris Ash , defensive line coach Charlie Partridge and offensive line graduate assistant Eric Mateos all involved with his recruitment..
Marcus Sedberry, the Director of Student-Athlete Development showed Williams how Arkansas could aid in Watts’ personal growth while in Fayetteville.
“That made be feel comfortable as far as grooming Armon to be the young man that can go out here after college and continue to do well for himself,” Williams said. “Preparing for interviews, teaching him how to dress successful, set his goals and to go after his goals.I enjoyed that.”
He and Williams sat down with the academic support staff.
“It was really nice to sit down and talk with the academic specialists to lead and direct our mind and the direction he needs to go academic wise,” Williams said. “Of course, I enjoyed that as a mom.”
Watts is undecided on what he may study in college but does have interest in business.
“Armon is still a little undecided,” Williams said. “He is interested in going into business. So it’s my understanding they have an outstanding business program.”
One of Williams’ biggest concerns was seeing if her son would could focus on his academics with minimal distractions.
“The tour around the college felt very warm,” Williams said. “I just felt like it was an environment that I feel comfortable with him being in.”
The best recruiters for a college team are the players themselves. Watts and Williams were able to meet some of the current Hogs.
“They gave him a lot of good encouraging words,” Williams said.
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