Wisconsin End Commits to CMU

The Central Michigan University football program is off to a great start in recruiting for its 2007 class. The Chippewas have tapped America's Dairyland for the second time in less than a month for another one of that state's top players.

Defensive end J.J. Watt (6-5, 240) of Pewaukee (Wisc.) High School had visited 12 colleges in his quest to find the right school for him.

After visiting Central Michigan University recently, his mind was made up.

"It's beautiful over there," Watt said of the CMU campus. "The coaches and players were great. CMU has a great program."

Watt said he made a verbal commitment to the Chippewas Wednesday afternoon and he couldn't be happier with his decision. He chose CMU over an offer from Wyoming of the Mountain West Conference.

Watt said he was influenced by recent CMU commitment and fellow Wisconsin standout, linebacker Nick Bellore of Whitefish Bay High School. Bellore called Watt a week ago Friday.

"Nick's reasons for committing to CMU were the same as mine," Watt said. "He just loved the campus, facilities, coaches and players."

Watt said now he and Bellore are both going to work on standout offensive lineman Jacob Olson of Hartford (Wisc.) Union High School, the alma-mater of current CMU starting quarterback Brian Brunner.

"When I visited CMU, Brian came over to greet me, saying that he had heard of me," Watt said. "It's nice to have a Wisconsin guy over there already."

Watt said the CMU coaches have told him he could play tight end or defensive end.

"I really don't care which position I play, wherever CMU needs me," Watt said.

With the commitment of Watt, the Chippewas now have four verbal commitments in their 2007 recruiting class.

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