Address: 3551 Underwood Road
City: Conyers, GA
|Name||Rating||Ht./Wt.||High School||Position||Colleges Considering|
|Sam Watts||A-||6'5"/290||Salem High School||Offensive tackle||Mississippi State|
The coach that recruited him won't be at Mississippi State, but Sam Watts will be. The offensive tackle from Salem High was disappointed when he learned that Sylvester Croom resigned. "I'm going to miss Coach Croom a lot, but hopefully a lot of the staff will stay," Watts said. Watts received a call on Saturday from an assistant coach, and on Monday from MSU athletics director Greg Byrne. Both were very positive and assured Watts that they're "going to get a good coach in there, so I'm pretty excited." Croom was "a big plus," in the recruiting process, Watts said, but he committed for a lot more reasons than Croom: the campus, the facility, and players. "It's sad to see him leave but it will be okay," Watts said. Louisiana-Monroe called Watts over the weekend, but the player told them that he is firmly committed to Mississippi State.
With No. 3 Georgia playing on the West Coast this weekend, Georgia Tech’s home game against Mississippi State will be front-and-center for many of the area’s top recruits. Flowery Branch defensive end Izaan Cross, Eastside quarterback Justin Wray and Salem offensive lineman Sam Watts are among the players who have indicated they plan to attend Saturday afternoon’s Georgia Tech-Mississippi State contest at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Cross, who has a scholarship offer from the Jackets, is considering several programs including Clemson and Tech. Wray, who has been offered by Central Florida, is eager to see if the Jackets will follow suit and do the same this weekend. “We’re just talking right now,” he said of his scholarship chances with Tech. Watts will cheer for the Bulldogs. He committed to Mississippi State during the summer. Milton running back Toney Williams, who committed to Tennessee in May, will travel to Knoxville on Saturday to watch the Volunteers host Florida. He’ll likely bump into Stephenson linebacker Nigel Mitchell-Thornton, a Tennessee commit who intends to drive to Neyland Stadium after his team returns home from Waycross early Saturday morning. Stephenson plays at Ware County Friday evening. Henry County quarterback Drew Little doesn’t have a visit scheduled this weekend, but he does plan to drop in on an ACC program next month. “Boston College is very interested in me,” he said. “I plan on visiting there in about four weeks.” Each player is a member of the AJC’s The Georgia Top 150.
Salem offensive lineman Sam Watts felt like part of the Mississippi State family Saturday night when the Bulldogs hosted Southeastern Louisiana. It was the tackle’s third visit to Starkville to attend a game, but his first since committing to the Bulldogs earlier this year. “The experience was a lot better than I could have imagined,” said Watts, a member of the AJC’s The Georgia Top 150. “It was just Southeastern Louisiana, but they had a big crowd and you could hear the cowbells ringing.” Watts, who sat in the recruiting section behind the Mississippi State bench, felt as though he was standing on the sideline. “I know the guys on the team a lot more, and it means something knowing that they’ll be my future teammates,” he said. “When they made a mistake, it really hit me hard too. “And before the game, I met with the coaches. It was pretty cool just to look around on the field and think ‘next year, I’ll be out here.’” Watts hopes to be at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Sep. 20 when Georgia Tech hosts Mississippi State.