Watts Dantzler plans to honor his late dad with Fathers Day announcement

Dalton tackle Watts Dantzler will choose between Georgia and Auburn on Sunday. (Photo by Doug Smith/Onfirephoto.com)

Dalton tackle Watts Dantzler will choose between Georgia and Auburn on Sunday. (Photo by Doug Smith/Onfirephoto.com)

As much as any recruit you’ll find, Watts Dantzler thoroughly enjoyed the recruiting process. The 6-foot-7, 330-pound offensive tackle from Dalton has taken every trip he could and listened with an open mind to every pitch from the 30 or so schools that have come calling.

But all good things must come to an end, as they say. And as the recruiting picture became ever more clear in his mind, Dantzler began to realize to continue prolonging the inevitable would be wasting everybody’s time.

That Nov. 16th date — his birthday — that Dantzler had long ago circled as a decision date suddenly looked very far away. Then he noticed June 20th — Fathers Day 2010 — fast approaching. He knew immediately what he needed to do.

“I was kind of of getting tired of the recruiting stuff so I started thinking about moving it up a little bit,” explained Dantzler, who said he will choose Sunday between Auburn and Georgia. “Some things changed with the schools I was looking at and Fathers Day was just around the corner, so it just seemed like a good time to do it. Fathers Day definitely is way to honor my Dad and his memory.”

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Dantzler’s father, Danny Dantzler, passed away 16 months ago after a long battle with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Danny Dantzler also played offensive tackle in college, and he lived long enough to see his son was going to be hevily recruited.

Having once been a prospect himself, Danny Dantzler encouraged his son to embrace the recruiting process and enjoy it. Go and see and do just as much as you possibly can, he advised his son.

And Watts has obliged that suggestion.

He has taken pretty much every trip offered. He has gotten to know coaches and fellow recruits from all over the South and beyond as he visited campuses, attended games and participated in camps dozens of times the last two years.

“He definitely does play a big role in [the recruiting process],” Watts said of his father earlier this year. “He knew my freshman year, when I first started to get some interest, that I’d be a pretty big prospect. So we talked about it. He said he wanted me to do what was best for me.”

Danny Dantzler, of course, ended up signing with Georgia. He lettered there from 1971-73 and married Watts’ mother while they were still in school.But the notion that it has always been a slam dunk for the Bulldogs is simply not true.

Turns out, Watts is even more like his father than some might think.

“He really liked Auburn,” Watts said of his dad. “That was his final two, Georgia and Auburn. I like Auburn, too, so that’s pretty cool.”

Now, Dantzler said, the wooing ends. Recruiting has been a blast but he has gotten to the point where he has seen enough and knows with certainty where it is he wants to go. Having attended camps at Auburn and Georgia in the last two weekends, respectively, it’s time to make the call.

“It’s definitely been a day I’ve been looking forward to,” Dantzler said in an interview Thursday night. “I’ll be glad once its over. I’m a little bit nervous about giving my speech. But it should be fun. I’m looking forward to it.”

Dantzler’s announcement will be at 4 p.m. in the Dalton High School commons he first walked into with his father four years ago to sign up for football. He was asked what specific plans he had, if any.

“I’ve kind of decided how I’m going to do it,” Dantzler said. “I haven’t finished my speech yet but I should soon. There’s a couple of things that should be a little funny. It should be good.”

Something tells me it may be even more than that.

Happy Father’s Day weekend!

141 comments Add your comment

Moops

June 18th, 2010
10:14 am

Worst kept secret, he’s been a Dawg for a while now…

WeLoveCoachRicht

June 18th, 2010
10:15 am

we need this ol
a three star on
rivals

RAWDawg

June 18th, 2010
10:16 am

Happy Father’s Day to a father himself!!! And coincidentally, my Uncle! Have a great one, Chip!

Burdell, PhD

June 18th, 2010
10:26 am

Surely, he is headed to Athens, right?

Yes Sir!

June 18th, 2010
10:27 am

He is a DAWG!!!!!!!!

Go Dogs

June 18th, 2010
10:29 am

I would love to see a legacy of this caliber in Athens, but even if goes to Auburn, good luck to him and his family.

Dawgs97

June 18th, 2010
10:30 am

If he’s making the announcement on Father’s Day, one would hope that means he’s coming to Georgia and letting history repeat itself.

knoxdawg

June 18th, 2010
10:36 am

Go luck to you Watts wherever you decide to go. I would love to see you playing for the Dawgs.

destin dawg

June 18th, 2010
10:39 am

These great HS. players should stay in State… Athens .. great college town…. new coaches… close to friends and family… good recruiting class coming… when you know lots of kids you will get help in classes ( I did ) .. study dates/girls to help in classes… it’ helps your grades… success in school… before you can play !!!

theTruth

June 18th, 2010
10:41 am

Happy Father’s Day Chip and everyone else…..

Danny was a good man and it appears Watts is following in his dad’s footsteps. Welcome to the Dawg Nation Watts, hope you enjoy your time in Athens.

Glory Glory

June 18th, 2010
10:41 am

OMG!!!!

Derrick Morgan ARRESTED fir speeding and suspended liscense!!!! What a THUG!!!!! A complete THREAT to society!!!! Is that what Paul Johnson is raising in the hood??

GT= THUG U THUG U THUG U THUG U THUG U THUG U THUG U!!!!!!

Guess you can take the THUG out the HOOD, but you Sony gonna take the HOOD out the THUG

A complete embarassment for GT and college football. A suspended license…. What a THUG.

(do you tech s***heads see how f****** stupid you sound yet??)

Brainiac(Lifelong Dawg Fan)

June 18th, 2010
10:49 am

Chip, which calendar are you looking at? It surely isn’t June 2010 if it shows Father’s Day as June 18.

HURRA-CRANE

June 18th, 2010
10:50 am

Glory Glory,

Have a little bit of class and save that crap for another forum! Good Luck Watts! I hope to see you blocking between the hedges for Lemay and Crowell in the near future!

dap01

June 18th, 2010
10:51 am

Get off of Morgan’s back. He was speeding in order to not get mugged on Tech’s campus. He was speeding in order to hurry to BP to get his family tickets to next year’s games that come with a fill up.

Good luck to Watts. Sounds like a great young man. I hope he goes to UGA but he will do well at Auburn also.

jaxdawg

June 18th, 2010
10:59 am

I would love to see Dantzler in Red and Black, but you have to respect the choice if he goes to Auburn.

Chip Towers

June 18th, 2010
11:04 am

(Blank)onaDawg: We’ve received a number of complaints about your vulgar handle and you will continue to be blacklisted until you change it. Understood?

CDAWG

June 18th, 2010
11:09 am

With UGA’s award winning food and all the girls to choose from this is a great fit for him. Cmon Dantzler we need and want you. Go Dawgs, GATA!!!!

not impressed

June 18th, 2010
11:35 am

Great kid. But I have seen him play multiple times and he’s not as good as his recruitment would suggest. I think the fact that his father was an SEC lineman and his incredible size for a 17 year old ( 6′8 330 lbs) has a lot to do with the interest. I have serious concerns about whether he can handle the speed of SEC defensive ends.

RxDawg

June 18th, 2010
11:40 am

Everything I read on this kid sounds great. I sure hope he continues the legacy and joins the Dawgs, but regardless of his decision and wish him the best of luck with his career.

UT96

June 18th, 2010
11:41 am

no way this kid doesn’t commit to Georgia. Great pick up Dawgs!

Jaxdawg

June 18th, 2010
11:54 am

@not impressed

If they identify that he has that weakness, they can move him around on the line, as we have done multiple times before with other linemen. I think he has alot of upside and will leanr to use that big-body either at Auburn or Georgia(of course I am hoping he learns at Georgia!)

Hmmmmm!

June 18th, 2010
11:59 am

1st clue: He wants to honor his dad on Father’s day.

2nd clue: His dad really liked Auburn.

82Dawg

June 18th, 2010
12:01 pm

Hmmmmm! ….his dad played for UGA

Hmmmmm!

June 18th, 2010
12:04 pm

You can’t spell THUG U with out the letters UG as in th”UG”A.

The only school a previously high character kid “only” commits and
learns the art of trouble. See your newly committed QB for instance.

Got to admit thUGA you waste no time in educating them.

Educate em and Jail em.

Amsterdam Sam

June 18th, 2010
12:05 pm

Glory Glory, I am a UGA alum and just don’t get it – what is your point? How can I chastise idiots like Pi$$onaDAWG, HAROLD, and saint simons for their classless, pointless insanity when all they have to do is point to you? Let us set the example in class. And I do expect some or one of them to slam me because of this post, but hey – in life you end up getting what you give and theirs will come back, just like yours will, just like mine will… Do not give them handgrenades to throw back at you and they will just go away; at least the sane or intelligent ones. But hey, intelligence isn’t everyone’s forte. Just a thought, but one I hope most can grasp.

Amsterdam Sam

June 18th, 2010
12:08 pm

And thanks, Chip – I so much respect the civility shown in the banning such vulgar monikers. You rock!!!!

Vick=Dog killing thug

June 18th, 2010
12:08 pm

You have to think he’s going to Georgia.

italian_29

June 18th, 2010
12:10 pm

To Hmmmmm! His dad was a football player and lettered at UGA for 3 years, so with that line of thought, I guess it could go both ways, Hmmmmm?

THWGT!!!

June 18th, 2010
12:10 pm

Hmmmmm do you realize you cannot spell ThuG without the letters GT as in gtu? Get a life!

THWGT!!!!

Paddy

June 18th, 2010
12:11 pm

Chip….good job on that banning thing. Keep it up.

Amsterdam Sam

June 18th, 2010
12:14 pm

Hmmmmm – I sure hope everyone gets the points I just made on civility (means nice manners and conduct).

italian_29

June 18th, 2010
12:16 pm

Chip, is Watts going to announce today at 4 pm or is he going to announce Sunday June 20th(Father’s Day) at 4pm? Sorry but it is a little confusing, let me know. Thanks!

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

June 18th, 2010
12:21 pm

thanks for the update Chip- glad to see we won’t see P.O.A.D anymore- that crap is getting old. Hopefully Dantzler is UGA bound.

BurningRedBleedingBlack

June 18th, 2010
12:24 pm

Chip i got a great feeling this kid a Dawg, hopefully he’ll follow his dad and go to UGA. I didn’t realize how big this kid is. Plus he’s only in highschool. whenever this kid chooses i wish him good luck. GO DAWGS!!!

italian_29

June 18th, 2010
12:24 pm

Since Chip is at lunch, does ANYONE know if the announcement is today or Sunday?

82Dawg

June 18th, 2010
12:25 pm

Hmmmmm! ….why do you come on here with all of your garbage. No one cares. Sure wish school would start back soon so the juveniles would go away.

Bulldog59

June 18th, 2010
12:28 pm

“He ain’t no Da’Rick Rogers.” This kid is honoring his father by committing to Dad’s alma mater on Father’s Day.

Classy move.

Dawg'88

June 18th, 2010
12:31 pm

Why does the always seem to be a blog about a UGA athlete when they get in trouble but not one for an incident involving a Techmite. Bias never wanes ajc!

Bulldog59

June 18th, 2010
12:32 pm

Guido, Announcement is scheduled for Sunday at 4 PM.

memphisdawg

June 18th, 2010
12:42 pm

sunday announcement

Bulldog59

June 18th, 2010
12:46 pm

Dawg’88, could be bias, or it could be that there is not much interest in GT, whether they do good or bad. I don’t get it either.

Bulldog59

June 18th, 2010
12:50 pm

Whoa Chip, way to drop the hammer of ****onaDawg! Looks like someone just ****ed on him! Thank you.

Bulldog59

June 18th, 2010
12:51 pm

The Sham

June 18th, 2010
12:57 pm

@Glory Glory… seriously? there are far worse things to give the nerds business about than a speeding ticket and being arrested for a suspended liscence. If we were to look inward, several of our boys last year did the same thing. I would be interested to know what these guys are doing to have there licences suspended in the first place, but if that is all we are having to deal with, I’m not sweating it.

These coaches can only watch them for fractions of the day, after that, they are on their own! It’s embarrassing to the respective schools, but unfortunatley it isn’t embarrassing enough to the parents to jerk a not in their tales early in life to keep them straight. IMO…

GTax

June 18th, 2010
12:58 pm

Good luck Watts! Congratulations on getting offers from UGA and Auburn. You’ll do well at either one.

I am sure your dad is very proud of you!

Go Jackets!

The Sham

June 18th, 2010
12:58 pm

BTW – it would be nice way to honor his dad and the school he loved by doing this on father’s day. I hope he’s a dawg…

Hunker Down

June 18th, 2010
1:05 pm

Thank you Chip! My wife (not a Dawg fan per say but by marriage I guess) commented on the vulgarity and crudeness of some of the bloggers. I appreciate you helping clean up the blogs. Some really good insightful comments by many bloggers and great info by you. Wish everyone would take note of the AJC taking a positive response. I enjoy reading most of the blogs but wish the pettiness of school and player bashing would cease and hoppe we are all more careful and considerate of the many great universities are nation host and tremdous talent of the recruits and their God given talent.

ryan

June 18th, 2010
1:08 pm

He will be Dawg Auburn is full with 30 recruits and i believe he will follow his dad.

76-Dawg

June 18th, 2010
1:09 pm

Watts, talk to your mom and ask her how great it is to be a DAWG . How great it was to be on campus. I’m sure your dad gave you an ear full. All that is true. I graduated in 76 from UGA and look back as if it happened yesterday , some of the best years of my life .You will never regret it if you pick UGA .Also, if you don’t have a girl friend UGA has somewhere between 25000 and 35000 students and girls make up appro. 60% of the student body and they all like to lay out and get a tan in the spring.

Chip Towers

June 18th, 2010
1:11 pm

DANTZLER IS ANNOUNCING ON SUNDAY, JUNE 20TH. I originally wrote June 18th by mistake. My bad.