January 25, 2010

Watts scheduled to cut list of schools to five

Schools have been lining up for Dalton offensive tackle Watts Dantzler, one of the state's top players for 2011.

The 6-foot-7, 313-pounder has offers from a large number of top programs throughout the Southeast. But come Jan. 31, that list of schools will shrink to five.

Watts confirmed to UGASports that he's about to name his official top five, a list that's expected to include a trio of schools from the SEC - Auburn, Alabama and Georgia.

"I'm just ready to cut it down so people will stop asking me about a top five," Dantzler joked in a telephone interview with UGASports. "Hopefully, people won't ask me any more after that."

Ironically, Dantzler's decision will come a day after he spends Saturday in Athens as part of Georgia's official Junior Day festivities.

Dantzler attended Auburn's Junior Day last Saturday.

It's been a busy month or so for Dantzler, who was recently in San Antonio, Tex. to take part in the U.S. Army National Junior Combine where he got to test his skills against some of the nation's other top young stars.

"Going out there and competing against the top players in the nation was really an enjoyable experience," Dantzler said. "They split us up into black and gold groups; we ran the 40, some one-on-one sessions, it was a fun experience."

Watts said he figures that he won approximately 12 of the 20 one-on-one sessions that campers participated in without pads.

He thinks he's making progress.

"I've been lifting weights, running, doing more conditioning work this off-season," Dantzler said. "I'm getting used to my body now. I'm getting used to being 6-7 and my coordinator is a lot better. I'm still trying to get my base lower as well as my footwork, but that's definitely improved since last year."

To help stay in shape, Dantzler is currently playing basketball for Dalton High. Bulldog assistant Stacy Searels and Mike Bobo stopped by to watch a recent hoops' workout.

"Basketball was always my true first love because they call your name out when you score. I guess I enjoy that the most," Dantzler laughed. "If you play tackle and call out your name, it's not usually a good thing."

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