COACHES' BREAKDOWN: Of all Wake Forest's players, Watts has the most potential to succeed in MLS. A defensive-minded player who can play both defense or midfield, Watts is not just a simple goon set out to crunch anyone who comes near the ball; his feet are still good enough that he can pass well to either switch fields or connect with the offense over distance, dribble his way out of tight spaces, and even play higher up the field if necessary. Watts is great in the air and can head the ball well, but his greatest strength might be his intangibles; the Demon Deacons' midfielder was the heart and soul of his team, and his leadership and ability can elevate his teammates' game. The one knock against Watts is his movement and athleticism, which are passable but not outstanding. For any team looking for a tough, skillful defensive midfielder, though, Watts will definitely be one to watch.
COLLEGE: Four year starter for the Demon Deacons at defensive midfielder. Finished his college career with 5 goals, 10 assists... 2013: Selected All-ACC First Team for the third consecutive season, playing 18 games for the Demon Deacons... 2012: Selected First Team All-ACC for the second consecutive season, scoring two goals and four assists... 2011: Appeared in 18 matches, including 17 starts, and was selected All-ACC First Team after playing a big role in the midfield ... Made NCAA Tournament debut in the Deacs' Second Round match at James Madison (11/20)... 2010: Earned All-ACC Freshman Team accolades ... Played in 18 games, including 16 starts, and had an assist ... Made collegiate debut against Seton Hall (9/3), playing 45 minutes ... Recorded first collegiate assist in Wake's 2-1 win against Clemson (9/10) ...
Enrolled in Wake Forest in January 2010 ... Has seen time with the U17 and U20 U.S. Youth National Teams ... Played and was a captain with the U.S. U17 team at the FIFA U-17 World Cup held in Nigeria ... Named an NSCAA/adidas Youth All-American in 2008 and 2009 ... Ranked as the 17th best recruit in the country in the class of 2010 according to Top Drawer Soccer ... Member of National Honor Society.
Born February 3, 1992 ... Son of Steve and Sherry Watts ... Majoring in communication.