Busy Weekend For Watt

One of the top prospects in the state of Illinois, 6-3, 280 pound OL Chris Watt has plenty of suitors vying for his services. This weekend, he got out to see four schools he's got some interest in. Find out how the weekend went for Watt, his plans for the future, and more in this premium recruiting Q&A.

Q: You've been busy, where'd you get to this weekend?

Chris Watt: I got to Illinois on Friday, then on Saturday, I was at Notre Dame, then Sunday I was at Iowa. Monday and half of Tuesday, I was at Ohio State.

Q: What were some of the highlights of the weekend?

Watt: One of the highlights was that I got to meet with all four head coaches. That was really cool. I got to meet with them for at least 30 minutes, that was really cool. I got to see the facilities of each school. I'd gotten to see Notre Dame's before, but I got to see the player's lounge. (At Ohio State) I got to see the Woody Hayes center, which was really cool. Illinois and Iowa's were really cool too, what they're doing for the 2009 season, when it'll all be completed. That'll be cool as well. I got to see more of the campus of each school.

Q: Who's having expansion?

Watt: Illinois is finishing their weight room and starting their practice field. It's hard to remember with all these schools. Iowa's going to get a bigger weight room. They don't really need it, but to keep up with recruiting, they have to, even though they don't need the space. They were expanding the Jacobsen building a bit more as well.

Q: Did you come out of the weekend with any idea of any leaders?

Watt: It was pretty even for everyone this weekend.

Q: Was there one thing in particular you were looking for in these schools?

Watt: I wasn't able to spend time at some schools more than others. At Iowa, it was hard, I got there a little later, I was only able to catch the spring practice portion. I wasn't able to see much of the campus or the academics, the stuff I wanted to see. At Illinois, I was able to get a tour of the business building, academic services, meet the coaches and have lunch with them, so that was one of the things I really liked on that trip. At Notre Dame, I was able to see more of the campus, the grotto, the lakes, and meet with Coach Weis, it was really cool. As well as being at practice for the first time. At Ohio State, I spent the most time there, since it was so far away I stayed overnight. I got to see the most there out of the four I saw this weekend. I saw the academic services, the facilities, the head coach, met with the strength coordinator, see some of the stuff they do. I sat in on meetings, hung out with the players for a while. Almost like an unofficial official visit, but I had to pay for everything, it went really well.

Q: Anything coming up the next few weeks?

Watt: I'm going on vacation this week with a friend, so I'm taking the next weekend off. The rest of this week I'm on spring break. Then, I'm going to Virginia and Stanford, those are my last two scheduled visits. Hopefully from there I can narrow it down to eight schools or so, maybe get back out to some I have some questions on.

Q: Do you have a timeline in mind?

Watt: I hope I can decide before my season, but if that doesn't work out, I'll just try and see some schools more that I'm interested in.

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