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3-star DT Watts commits to Arkansas

Arkansas has landed its second commitment of the day with the addition of St. Louis (Mo.) Christian Brothers College 3-star defensive tackle Armon Watts.

Armon Watts committed to Arkansas over Wisconsin on Friday night.

Watts, 6-4, 260, attended the Elite Camp at Arkansas on July 20 and was offered shortly afterwards. He returned today and was at Friday afternoon's practice. Watts wanted to come back and checkout everything about Arkansas that he didn't get to see the first time.

“With the camp, it was a little short,” Watts said. “We had to hit the road. I didn't get to take the tour of the whole facility, just the locker room, stuff like that.”

Watts said he chose Arkansas because of his camp experience and other factors.

"I think Coach (Charlie) Partridge can help get me to the league," Watts said. "I got to watch practice and take a tour of everything. I just feel Arkansas is the best fit for me."

Watts said Friday's practice was impressive from a defensive standpoint.

"I thought the defense did well," Watts said. "I was impressed with them."

Watts said he hopes to get onto the field early at Arkansas.

"That is up to Coach B (Bret Bielema)," Watts said. "But, I think I can play early. I have good footwork, quickness, speed and I can rush the passer."

When Watts came down for the camp previously in July, he left surprised at what he saw.

"Yes, I was," Watts said. "I didn't grow up an Arkansas fan so I didn't know much about them. I got here and was surprised at how nice everything was. It's impressive."

Watts recorded 57 tackles, five tackles for loss, four sacks and one fumble recovery as a junior. He chose Arkansas over Wisconsin, Missouri, Syracuse and others. He also has offers from Missouri, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Ball State, Idaho, Memphis, Syracuse, New Mexico and many others.

Watts has a 247Composite grade of 85, is the No. 49 defensive tackle in the nation and No. 11 recruit in Missouri.

Arkansas now has 16 commitments for the Class of 2014. Earlier in the day, Shreveport (La.) Evangel 3-star wide receiver Jared Cornelius committed to Arkansas.

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