Penn State signs New York all-county middle attacker

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A middle attacker who twice earned all-county honors will continue his volleyball career at Penn State.

Penn State coach Mark Pavlik announced recently that high school senior Andrew Watts has signed a national letter of intent to join the Nittany Lions beginning in the 2020 season.

Watts, a 6-foot-7 recruit from Newport, New York, was an all-county selection with his high school team as a junior and senior. He also served as the team captain during his senior season and was twice named to the All-County Tournament Team.

Along with his high school experience, Watts helped his club team win a regional championship in 2016 and has participated in multiple USA Volleyball High Performance Championships events.

“We are excited by the potential Andrew brings to our program,” Pavlik said in a statement. “We like his character and work ethic he has demonstrated both in high school and during his club volleyball experience. We think he can be a valuable middle blocker at the collegiate level and we’re excited to have him.”
 
Watts is the first 2020 recruit that Penn State has announced since the signing period started earlier this month.

Penn State one-year removed from reaching the 2017 NCAA Tournament first round finished last season in second place in the EIVA. The Nittany Lions return several starters for the upcoming season, including all-conference opposite Calvin Mende.