Western Michigan continues to add highly touted recruits for the class of 2016 and their most recent commitment will significantly help their defensive line.
Watts chose the Broncos over listed offers from Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, New Mexico, Syracuse, Toledo, and Western Kentucky. Watts is currently ranked a 3-star recruit by 247Sports and is considered a top 25 player in the state of Illinois.
Watts currently attends Phillips High School after transferring out of De La Salle after his junior season. He played both fullback and defensive tackle for De La Salle, however look for him to play defensive line in Kalamazoo. Watts is extremely athletic making him that much harder for opposing offensive linemen to block him.
Watts was on campus for WMU's spring game this past weekend and enjoyed himself enough to commit to coach Fleck and his staff.
"The spring game was awesome there was just so much energy and everyone is always on the move."
Watts announced his decision on Saturday evening on his Twitter account.
Proud to say I'm committed to WMU!!!! RTB pic.twitter.com/giYGWHVthA— Mr.Watts (@AmirWatts345) April 19, 2015
Watts and a few of his teammates have become known as the "Phillips Trio" on the recruiting trail, and he is now the second recruit of the trio to commit to an FBS program. The other part of the Phillips trio includes LB Amani Jones who committed to Illinois earlier this week, as well as 3-star WR Quayvon Skanes who currently lists offers from Ball State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Miami, and Toledo. Don't be surprised to see Watts attempt to recruit Skanes to Western Michigan despite not holding an offer from them at this time.
Watts becomes the 14th commit for the class of 2016 as well as the second commit from the state of Illinois. The Broncos have recruited the Midwest area extremely well thus far in the class of 2016.
Shortly after his commitment, Hustle Belt caught up with Watts to find out why he chose WMU.
"I think that there is a lot of opportunity at WMU and with the staff they have there I feel like they will develop me and make it so that I can utilize those opportunities. I'm looking forward to making a bond with all the players there plus getting to show everyone what I can do on the college level."
Check out Watts' impressive highlights courtesy of Hudl: