October 3, 2008

Watts has plenty of MSU connections

Sam Watts have plenty of ties to Mississippi State.

He was born in Starkville, both of his parents are alumni and his brother is currently enrolled there not to mention his former teammate Terrance Davis is a wide receiver for the Bulldogs.

But when the recruiting process began, the 6-foot-5, 290-pound center from Conyers, Ga., was not as dead set on State as many may have originally believed.

"I have lots of connections there," Watts said. "I was born in Starkville and both of my parents went there and my brother is going there now. During my junior year I was really open to anything. Everybody thought I was locked on to Mississippi State but I really wasn't. During my season I was open to everything and went to Auburn, Alabama and every camp I could think of."

But when a scholarship arrived in February, Watts gave MSU careful consideration and ultimately decided Starkville was the perfect fit to take his three-star talents.

"When Mississippi State offered me the scholarship in February, I thought it over and prayed about it," Watts said. "I talked with the coaches and had a couple more visits. The coaches are really just down-home, family people. They care about you and your family actually. They talk to your parent and talk to your siblings and everything. They care about you and it just seemed like the right place for me. It seems like that is where God was leading me."

Watts has been disappointed in the Bulldogs 1-4 start to the season but understands it is a long season and saw signs of offensive improvement last week at LSU.

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