September 15, 2008

Ole Miss continues to recruit JUCO OT

Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt said in an interview with last spring that he'll continue to recruit any committed prospect as long as the prospect has an interest in the Rebels.

That position has the Rebels in situation to continue to recruit former Texas signee Roy Watts, who is now a sophomore at Navarro C.C., and currently committed to Houston.

Watts, a 6-foot-6, 300 pound offensive tackle, was in the same Texas signing class as Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead and was a teammate last season with current Rebel tight end Gerald Harris.

The trio had talked often last summer, with both Snead and Harris telling Watts good things about the Ole Miss football program. The contact has slacked off some since the season started, but they continue to keep up with one another.

"We don't talk as much as we used to," Watts said on Sunday evening. "We mainly just keep up with one another on Facebook. I keep up with both of them. I didn't get to see Gerald make his touchdown catch at Wake Forest, but I heard about it."

Watt's Navarro team is off to a 2-0 start with wins over Georgia Military College and Coffeyville C.C. and faces Kilgore this weekend.

Navarro C.C., in Corsicana, is located southeast of Dallas on I-45 between Dallas and Houston, and drew a bye week last week, and therefore was not affected by Hurricane Ike.

However, Watts, who has a significant other and daughter as well as family in the Houston area, kept a close eye on the storm over the weekend.

"My family didn't leave the Houston area," Watts said. "They just rode out the storm and are okay."

It's the family situation that has Watts committed to Houston, while looking at Ole Miss along with some other schools.

"Houston, I'm firm with them," he said. "But I'm looking at other teams, so I guess I'm really not firm."

Watts said that Ole Miss offensive line coach Mike Markuson has been in touch with him and is encouraging him to take an official visit to the Oxford campus.

"I'm probably going up around Thanksgiving, I think we have a break around that time," Watts said. "I wanted to go on an unofficial, but now I think it's best just to go up for an official. I think they play Mississippi State that week."

Watts holds offers from Ole Miss, Arkansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma and Houston. He committed to Houston in late June.

"I'm committed to UofH, but I still get offers and things like that," Watts said earlier this month in a interview. "I'm still looking. I'm going to take my visits. I'm going to visit Ole Miss and Arkansas. I'm trying to get one to Auburn. I would really like to go out there for a visit."

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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