Watford Commits To Big Ten School

Christian Watford is off the board. The talented forward picked a Big Ten school, Tuesday afternoon during a visit with their coaching staff.

From the get go, Tom Crean and his staff made Christian Watford one of their top priorities in the 2009 class. Assistant Bennie Stelzer even followed the talented forward around Las Vegas in the famous red and white candy striped warm up pants.

The extra attention and different recruiting tactics seems to have been well worth it, as Watford gave Crean a verbal commitment following a visit with him at his school, Tuesday afternoon.

"They just stayed on me and they never did back off," Watford said. "They stayed the same throughout and they never did change. They knew they were behind after I visited Louisville, but they stayed on me and kept on pushing me. I went up there and I fell in love with it."

A number of schools were involved with Watford, but ultimately it came down to Indiana and Memphis. Kentucky and Louisville had also shown some interest and hosted him on visits.

"I got to know their staff and I talked to some former players and I just got a real good feel for it," Watford said. "I think Coach [Tom] Crean will do a great job of developing me and helping me get to the next level."

Watford, who ranks No. 72 overall by Scout.com, is the fourth member of Scout.com's 2009 Top 100 to commit to Indiana. IU's class consists of Jordan Hulls, Bobby Capobianco, Maurice Creek and Derek Elston.

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