J. J. Watt is latest Gopher Commit

J.J. Watt, a 6-foot-6, 240-pound tight end from Pewaukee (WI) High has made a verbal commitment to the University of Minnesota this weekend during his official visit there, according to Thomas Mehl of the ChippewasInsider.com.

J. J. Watt had originally committed to Central Michigan University in July, but when former CMU head coach Brian Kelly accepted the head coaching job at Cincinnati earlier this month, Watt began to consider other schools.

He visited Colorado last weekend (Dec. 8-10) before visiting Minnesota this weekend. Both the Buffaloes and Golden Gophers had offered Watt a scholarship.

As a senior, Watt had 77 tackles (22.5 for losses), seven fumble recoveries, four forced fumbles, and four pass break-ups. On offense, he had 26 catches for 400 yards and five touchdowns. Watt was named first team all-conference, area, district, county (2nd team at tight end) and state at tight end and defensive end.

Watt was receiving recruiting looks as a tight end and defensive end, but his preference to play tight end, steered him to the Gophers.

"I think on offense I have great hands, size and strength. I like to grab the ball and start chugging down the field," Watt told the ChippewasInsider.com. "On defense, I also have good strength and size and I have good quickness around the edge."

He is also a standout basketball player as he plays center for Pewaukee and averages 17 points and nine rebounds a game.

Schools that have offered liked him at different positions.

"Colorado and Wyoming like me as a defensive end. Minnesota, Central Michigan and Northern Illinois like me at tight end. I prefer to play tight end."

Watt carries a 3.9 core GPA and scored a 27 on the ACT. He would like to major in Business or Engineering.

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