Armon Watts' offer list had stagnated a bit. It has been stuck at two schools for some time. Ball State and Idaho were his options. And while he certainly isn't looking to diminish the significance of an invitation from either school, the St. Louis-based defensive tackle has always seen himself as worthy of looks from more traditional football powers.
On Tuesday afternoon, he got his due in the form of an SEC offer. It wasn't the home-state school, either. Missouri is taking its time making a decision on what to do in his case. Instead, it was Kentucky.
The offer materialized without warning.
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"Today was my first day talking to them, actually," Watts said. "One of the coaches hit me up on Facebook and had me call. He had contacted my coach earlier. I called him and they offered."
Watts is no expert on Big Blue Nation. He's never been to Lexington and admittedly knows more about the basketball team than he does its football counterpart. Kentucky does have his attention, though. And that's something. In fact, the Wildcats, which represent his only power-conference offer, stand as the team to beat for now.
"I know the conference and I know a little, but I don't know a lot. I'm going to find out more for sure," Watts said. "They're my favorite of the offers so far."
Travel plans are dicey for now. Watts says he's considering planning a trip to take in Kentucky's spring game, but nothing is set in stone on that front. There's only one visit he's sure will take place.
"I know I am going back to Missouri for their spring game," Watts said. "That's the only one I know. I went down there for the junior day and liked everything about it, so I'm just waiting around for an offer."
Michigan State, Iowa and Northwestern are also heavily involved with Watts, though, offers from those programs are yet to materialize. As for a dream school, there's some semblance of one out there. Its geographical location makes it odd and no contact has been made, but Watts, for whatever reason, has eyes for Westwood.
"I've always been a big fan of UCLA," he said. "I don't even know why. I just always have been."