Few football players personify the “athlete” tag like 2014 Armani Watts (Forney, Texas/North Forney). Watts leads his team in all passing and rushing statistics and total touchdowns. He also ranks second in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.
UCLA was one of the teams to take notice of the 6-foot, 180-pound standout, and on Sunday, the Bruins became the first team to offer him. Watts plays as many as six positions for North Forney, but he might be most comfortable at either safety or wide receiver.
“It feels pretty good right now,” said Watts, who is being recruited by UCLA passing game coordinator and defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin. “I talked to Coach Martin and said they were giving me a full ride. I just smiled and was excited.
“I know it’s a good school. They have a good academic program and a good football program. Plus [the Pac-12] is a good conference. There’s a lot of good competition there and a lot of good offenses and defenses.”
This season, Watts has lined up for North Forney at quarterback, receiver, safety and cornerback. He also is a kickoff returner and punt returner. Watts, because of his versatility, said UCLA has offered him as an athlete.
“I can change the game and make big plays,” Watts said. “I can be clutch at the right time.”
Watts also has received interest from Oklahoma, LSU, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Arizona State and Oklahoma State.