Watt Gets What He Was Hoping For

The Notre Dame coaching staff asked Chris Watt to report to Sunday's junior day a little bit early.

"I had a little feeling, but I wasn't exactly sure," Watt said of a possible scholarship offer. "I kind of thought since I was meeting with (head) coach (Charlie) Weis it could happen."

Well it did.

Notre Dame became the 13th school to offer Chris Watt. The 6-foot-4, 280-pound Glenbard West standout from Glen Ellyn, Ill. already held scholarship offers from Ohio State, Michigan State, Stanford, Illinois, Iowa, Virginia, Vanderbilt, Arizona, Minnesota, Purdue, Indiana and Northwestern. He could play either guard or center on the next level.

"I came in early at like nine in the morning and sat down with coach (John) Latina and coach (Rob) Ianello, and we were talking about football and where we grew up. They answered questions I had about Notre Dame. Then they took me up to coach Weis' office at like 9:30. We talked to him, me and my parents about what he was looking for in a recruit, a good kid that wants to get an education and that can also play football.

"Then he said, over there is a scholarship offer on the chair, why don't you pick it up. You have an offer from the University of Notre Dame.

"I was in shock at first. I was really happy. I'm kind of like stunned, It's awesome. I said thank you. It's shocking I guess."

Weis made an impression on Watt, who was making his second trip to Notre Dame's campus. He visited for the Duke game during the season and got to shake Weis' hand, but today was the first time he got to converse with him.

"He is a great person," Watt stated. "He looks you in the eye and tells you the truth. He told me what he thought about me and what my strengths are. He likes the way I finish my blocks and the way I competed."

Watt had around 128 pancakes this season, helping Glenbard West earn a berth in the state playoffs for the first time in awhile. He mostly played tackle, but also got time at guard and tight end.

Today, Watt asked questions about the school's academics, and when Notre Dame has its freshmen football players report, which would be June. He would like to get out to Stanford sometime in the spring, but currently doesn't have any future visits set up.

"I want to come back to Notre Dame for a spring practice, maybe even the spring game," Watt said.

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