Roy Watts plans on graduating from Navarro Junior College in December. This leaves very little time…
OL after visit: I'm speechless
"I can't even begin to tell you how great a time I had down here," Roy Watts said today after his visit to Miami. "It's like .... well, I'm speechless. It was amazing -- far more than I could have ever expected. I liked it so much that I didn't even wanna leave." Watts, 6-foot-6 and 330 pounds, talked more about what happened on his visit that impressed him so much. "They showed us the city and that place is great," he said. "It was my first time in Miami and let me tell you -- it's an amazing city. It's large and there's a lot to do. Orlando Franklin was my host and I just really enjoyed being with him and hanging out with the players and things like that. Miami is like one big family atmosphere -- the players, the coaches, everyone. Everyone's together on the same page and I really enjoyed that. Plus, there's a great opportunity for me on the offensive line to go in and play right away." Watts spent a lot of time with offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland and head coach Randy Shannon. He talked about them. "Coach Stoutland is great," he said. "I was talking to some of the players about him and they all love him. They talk about how great a coach he is and how much fun they have playing for him. Coach Shannon's a good dude. I met with him before I left. He's real laid back, kinda calm, and down to earth. To be honest, I liked the whole coaching staff a lot and not just those two. Everyone was great and they all treated me like family." Watts has been a soft commitment to Houston and now he says the decision just got a whole lot more difficult. "It's definitely between U of H and Miami," he said. "I'm talking to some other schools but decision-wise, it's out of those two. I don't even wanna take any other visits. I have to sit down and figure out which one's best." The talented big man talked about what he likes about each school compared to the other. "U of H is close to home," he said. "That's where my family's at. I know a lot about them. But Miami is on a whole other level. It's Miami. That's really all I can say. The opportunity to play at the next level is big for me and Miami does an unbelievable job of putting guys into the league." National Signing Day for Junior College transfers is December 17th and those players have up until the start of the spring semester to make their decision. Watts believes he has a tough choice ahead of him. "I'm on track to graduate later this month," he said. "I got four finals I gotta take and then I'll be done. Hopefully I'll be able to make a final decision during the Christmas break. I really wish my family could have come out here with me but we're not in a position financially to do that. Football is a major blessing to me because of the opportunities it has provided." The biggest factor involved in making the final decision is the fact that Watts has a young daughter and a fiance. "It's gonna be a family decision for me," he said. "It has to be. That's why it's so tough. On one hand, they're in Houston and it would be easy for me to stay there and just go to school there. On the otherhand, Miami's Miami. I would love to go there. I'm a family man, though, and I need to make a decision based on that. I need to sit down with my fiance and talk to her about everything and make the best decision for my family." Watts signed with the University of Texas a few years ago and played his freshman season there before transferring to Navarro Junior College. He's expected to start school next month and will have two years to play two.
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