Chris Watt Player Page.
GoBlueWolverine: What position are college looking at Chris for?
Coach Hetlet "Most of the college coaches are looking for him for as an interior linemen (offensive guard)... while he plays all different positions for us on the line of scrimmage. Some have asked about defense, but not many."
GoBlueWolverine: What kind of person is Chris on the field and in the classroom?
Coach Hetlet: "In the classroom he is involved with most of the leadership programs at the high school ... so he is a leader in the classroom and a very good academic student. As far as football he is a leader on the football field, and a guy who has good technique and is a physical football player who has great ability to finish the block."
GoBlueWolverine: Does Chris play any other sports in high school?
Coach Hetlet: "Yeah he plays basketball and track. He is the starting power forward for the hoops team and does the shot put for track. He is a very athletic kid."
GoBlueWolverine: How do his teammates look at Chris on the football team with all the attention he is getting with recruiting?
Coach Hetlet: "They look at him as a leader, and none of this recruiting has fazed him at all. Chris is so down to earth and has the respect of his teammates, because of the kind of person he is on and off the field. Before all this recruiting stuff took off his teammates still saw him as the hardest worker on the team who puts in the extra hours to make himself a better player. He supports his teammates to do the same thing as he does -- so he is a very good leader."
On to recruiting ...
GoBlueWolverine: What are some of the factors for choosing a school?
Coach Hetlet: "Well the number one thing is it will have to be a very good academic institution, one that he can fit in as a student and as a player. He wants to go to a very competitive school football-wise, that can he challenging for a national championship. He needs to feel comfortable with the coaches, players and the whole atmosphere of the school."
GoBlueWolverine: How about depth chart?
Coach Hetlet: "He has seen the depth chart at several schools, but that will not bother him one bit no matter what the depth chart might be. Regardless of where he goes he will have to beat people out, so he knows that and understands that aspect of recruiting. He expects there to be competition and challenge for a position -- or he might have picked the wrong school if there wasn't any."
GoBlueWolverine: How involved is his parents in Chris's recruiting?
Coach Hetlet: "Well, they are involved in making sure Chris picks the right school for himself and helping him out whenever he asked them for help. They have been through this recruiting process before with his older brother who is at Northwestern. Of course it was not as wide-spread as Chris's recruiting though. But they know how it works."
On to the 'nitty-gritty'...
GoBlueWolverine: What timeline does Chris have for making a decision ... is he getting tired of recruiting?
Coach Hetlet: "Yeah he is getting tired of it, and he is just about done with it. I am thinking he will select towards the end of July."
GoBlueWolverine: What is his interest level for Michigan?
Coach Hetlet: "Well, Chris is very high on Michigan. He really likes the school, the coaching staff, and everything that Michigan brings to the table."
GoBlueWolverine: Is he planning to visit Michigan again soon? And who is his recruiting coach?
Coach Hetlet: "Yeah I believe he is planning another trip to Michigan this summer, but not sure when. His recruiting coach is Coach Shafer along with the offensive line Coach Frey who I have talked to and who has been here."
GoBlueWolverine: Chris is a national recruit with so many schools after him, but will distance be a factor? Might want to stay in the Midwest?
Coach Hetlet: "I do not know if it will be a major factor, but he probably wants to stay in the Midwest if possible so his family can see him play all the time. So I think it will play into it, but not as a deciding factor."
Watt has been to A2 twice now, for the Wolverine Winter Olympics Junior Day in March, and for the BBQ at the Big House in June. But he has been to other schools too, some for multiple visits as well. Will it be a U-M vs. OSU battle for Watt in the end? Or U-M/OSU/ND? Or will schools like Illinois, PSU, Iowa sneak in there as well? We'll all evidently know before summer is out.
Watt not wanting to wait it out too long?
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