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Watts recruitment takes unexpected turn

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Armon Watts didn't plan to camp at Arkansas over the weekend. He didn't think there'd be much of a point. The Razorbacks weren't recruiting him with much gusto, and driving down to the school's campus seemed like a waste of time.
His friend actually had to convince him to make the trip.
Turns out, Watts owes that buddy a thank you card or an edible arrangement or whatever high school football players give each other to express gratitude. After all, if it weren't for the guy twisting his arm, the 6-foot-5 defensive tackle wouldn't be sitting on a new SEC offer.
"It was like an elite prospect camp, so I went down with my friend," watts said of the visit. "He wanted to go check it out, and 45 minutes after we did the camp, the head coach offered me, and they gave me a tour of that new facility they have. Really, I didn't plan on going down there at all, but I'm glad I did. It was worth it."
Worth it, indeed. Not only does Watts now list an offer from Arkansas, but the program has somehow catapulted up his list. Whatever the St. Louis Christian Brothers College High School standout saw in Fayetteville over the weekend made an impact.
In a matter of moments, Arkansas went from afterthought to leader.
"Arkansas is definitely one of my top choices," Watts said. "Wisconsin is up there with them. I haven't narrowed all of them down or anything, but Arkansas and Wisconsin are up there pretty high."
Watts is yet to visit Wisconsin but plans to use an official visit to do so this fall. He says he hasn't decided whether or not he'll use an official to take a return trip to Arkansas. There's still a lot of I-don't-know left in his repertoire. His timetable is blurry, too.
The way the three-star prospect lays it out, he'll either make a commitment to an school in the near future or everyone will have to wait until signing day to learn his choice. Not exactly a small window, but it's something.
"I'm thinking about a verbal," Watts said. "If I do decide to do a verbal, I'm going to try to do it as soon as possible."
New interest in his services is the driving force behind his indecisive nature. Watts doesn't intend to commit more than once, so he'd like to know he has all of his offers before he pulls the trigger.
"I know there are some new schools out there, so I'm trying to be patient," he said. "Tennessee, UCLA and Oklahoma are really the ones I'm waiting to see with."
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