"My brother got a text from a friend around one o'clock," said Sam. "We didn't think it was true and then I turned on the TV and then I went to Dawgsbite and there it was."
Watts, a lifelong Bulldog fan, was caught off guard with the news.
"I couldn't believe it," said Watts. "I wonder what is going to happen next. My first thoughts were about Coach Croom and those coaches their families and their futures. I wasn't really worried about my scholarship or anything like that. I was worried about those coaches. I had a good relationship with all of them."
Coach Croom and Coach David Turner were scheduled to take an in home visit to Conyers to meet with Sam and his family.
"I talked to Coach Turner and he is still coming," said Sam. "I read that Greg Byrne has been approved to be a recruiter and he is going to call all of us in the next day or two."
Watts reports he has a couple of questions for the Bulldogs' athletic director when he makes his call.
"I pretty much know what everyone else knows," said Sam. "They only thing I am worried about is who they are going to bring in and who there top guys are. I am not sure what is going to happen with the commitments, but I am sure all of that will be sorted out in the next few days."
Sam explains that his commitment to Mississippi State was not based on a coach or coaching staff and that he still plans to be a Bulldog come January.
"I am definitely coming to Mississippi State no matter what happens," said Sam. "I know that is where God wants me to be and nothing is going to change that."