December 18, 2008
Watts on his way to Starkville
Sam Watts has always wanted to be a Bulldog.
Watts, who resides in Conyers, Ga., was born in Starkville and is parents and brother are alumni of Mississippi State. So when Sylvester Croom stepped down Watts kept his commitment.
"I was committed to Mississippi State," Watts said. "I wasn't just committed to Coach Croom but he was a big reason I did commit. I was committed to the program, the people and to the university. For me, I never really wavered on my decision. It was nerve-wracking though not knowing who my head coach was. It's just a sport and a game but that decision affects the next four or five years of my life and everyone else's lives."
The three-star offensive lineman was in class when he received news that the coaching search at MSU was finally over after 12 days.
"Someone texted me during class on that Wednesday and told me that he got hired," Watts said. "I had heard that it was down between the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma and the offensive coordinator at Florida. With either one of those guys I would have been amazed. When someone texted me and it said Dan Mullen from Florida I was like 'wow'. I didn't know if it was official or anything yet but I texted my mom because she was at home and she looked online and saw that it was official. I was pretty excited."
Watts was thrilled that the Bulldogs had brought in a coach with that type of resume. While Watts had expectations coming in about playing for Croom, he admitted that Mullen's hire has raised the bar.
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