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Watts recruitment has moving parts

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Wisconsin might not want to get too comfortable in its new seat at the top of Armon Watts' list.
On Sunday evening, Watts named the Badgers as his current favorite. The three-star defensive tackle holds eight scholarship offers, so his statement isn't without news value. It's just that it's subject to change in a hurry.
You see, Watts has a full-fledged thing for Tennessee. He visited the school's campus for a camp last week. He left without an offer, but everything could change should one materialize soon. Asked pointblank if the Vols would become his favorite should they make things official, Watts didn't hold back with his response.
"Yeah, I think so," he said. "'It would be pretty big for me. I like Tennessee a lot. I like Wisconsin a lot, too. I'd have to say Wisconsin is my favorite right now."
So, for now, the question is "just how likely is watts to land the offer he's seeking?" To hear Watts talk about it, it seems like a near certainty. Then, when it comes to recruiting, everything is certain until it's not. That hasn't stopped the St. Louis (Mo.) Christian Brother High School standout's optimism, though.
"That trip went great," Watts said. "Tennessee is very, very interested. I possibly see an offer coming soon. I did good, and it was a good trip. They told me they had one more week of camp and that they were going to evaluate everything. I talked to the head coach and he said they loved me, so that's good.
"I got a tour before camp and stuff like that. I saw the facility and then got right into the camp."
Future visits are in the early stages of being planned. Watts' timetable is blurry. So is the picture of schools that are yet to offer. So when Watts discusses his plans, there's plenty of guesswork involved. He can't say when the next round of visits will take place and has no idea if they will be of the official or unofficial variety. He does have some destinations in mind, though.
"Wisconsin for sure," Watts said. "And I know Oklahoma will probably be one."
Watts says he hopes to make a commitment before or during his senior season. He does not, under any circumstance, plan to push his decision back until after he finishes his high school career. He, like most recruits, has a particular set of qualities he's looking for in a college program,
It amounts to a short list of recruiting clichés. But, hey, it's something.
"It will be where I feel confortable," Watts said. "I need a coach that's going to push me and be able to push my game to the next level."
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