Richard Davenport is a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Watts looking to earn spot on Hogs' DL
Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash, along with defensive line coach Charlie Partridge and graduate assistant Eric Mateos have recruited defensive lineman Armon Watts hard.
Defensive lineman Armon Watts, an Arkansas commitment, is looking to fill one of the three spots that will be vacated on the Hogs’ line next year.
“They have some D-linemen leaving next year and you’re going to need someone to come in and be a good player for them,” Watts said. “I’m looking forward to trying to be that.”
Watts, 6-5, 270, 5.1 seconds in the 40 yard dash, of St. Louis Christian Brothers College picked the Razorbacks over scholarship offers from 13 other schools, including Missouri, Wisconsin, Kentucky and Syracuse. He spoke with Coach Bret Bielema last week.
“I was just giving him an update on how things are going on my season and he was telling me what was going on down there,” said Watts, who also talks to defensive line coach Charlie Partridge. “Just catching up.”
Arkansas’ recent struggles doesn’t concern Watts.
“Oh no, I’m still behind the school and the team,” Watts said. “First of all, I made a commitment. I’m glad what Coach B is doing with the team and trying to get them on the right track. I still like the type of coach he is and the type of coach Partridge is and the whole program .You’re going to win and lose some but it won’t change my mind.”
Talking to the head coach impresses Watts.
“I think that’s a good sign in what he’s trying to do,” he said. “That’s another reason I stand behind my decision.”’
Watts, who has recorded 22.5 tackles and 7 tackles for loss in seven games, is one of the
“I guess you can say being that leader,” said Watts, said. “I’ve been playing a lot of nose the past few games and been taking on a lot of double teams. I’m just doing what I have to do to get the W. I’m taking it one game at a time.”
Watts, who plans to make his official visit to Arkansas in December, understands the Razorbacks are in a rebuilding process.
“A lot of fans freak out when a team’s losing but a lot of the SEC teams don’t have the schedule we have,” Watts said. “It’s good to see us competing with teams on that type of level. We played top 25 teams the last two weeks and it’s a new coaching staff. So of course they’re just trying to get the program together and everybody get on the same page.”
At least three schools are still after Watts.
“A couple are trying to get me to take officials,” he said. “They’ll call once in awhile. Pretty much it’s Oklahoma, Syracuse and UCLA .”
He isn’t sure if he’ll make any trips besides the one to Fayetteville.
“I’m really not sure yet,” Watts said. “I’ll probably talk to Coach B about it and coach Partridge.”