ND Is Top-Five Material For Watt

Chris Watt was originally hoping to narrow down more than 20 scholarship offers to five favorite schools by the middle of May. However, the four-star offensive lineman from Glenbard West High in Glen Ellyn, Ill., hasn't been able to do that.

"I'm kind of busy with school," Chris Watt said. "With finals the next two weeks, it's going to be hard to narrow it down. School gets out on May 30th, and after that I have a week off to sit down and relax and narrow down schools.

"But I can tell you right now, Notre Dame is in the top five."

Watt later elaborated as to why.

"Just the overall tradition with the program," he said. "I really like coach (John) Latina, he is a great guy and I think I would really excel with him coaching me on the offensive line."

The only other program Watt said has a guaranteed top-five spot is Ohio State. Off the top of his head, Watt said of his offers, that he is also being recruited heavily by Michigan, Miami, Penn State, Stanford, Virginia, Northwestern and Duke.

Notre Dame constantly reminds the 6-foot-4, 284-pound Watt, that he is their top priority at guard.

"They've been telling me that through emails, and when they call me they say that I'm really important to them," Watt said. "Coach (Rob) Ianello came by the school the first day (of the recruiting evaluation period) they were able to come see us."

Offensive line coach John Latina took a visit to see Watt soon after, and head coach Charlie Weis got Watt on the phone.

"He was talking about how recruiting was going, and just asking me how things are going with school," Watt said. "We had a good talk and we just talked about whatever came up. It wasn't any one thing."

Watt has visited Notre Dame three times over the past few months, and plans to return again soon.

"I talked to coach Ianello about it yesterday, and he was going to give me the dates of the camps and let me know when it would be a good time to come," Watt explained.

Watt has taken several other trips across the nation to see programs that have offered him. He has been to Ohio State, Iowa, Virginia, Stanford, Northwestern (where his brother Kevin plays on the defensive line), Illinois, and most recently Michigan. Watt was in Ann Arbor this past weekend for the Barbecue at the Big House.

"It was pretty good stuff," he said of the food and visit.

Watt recently picked up offers from Oklahoma and Colorado, and has settled in on the programs that have offered.

"If any other school came after me, I'd say I'm good with all the offers that have already come," Watt stated.

Other than Notre Dame this summer, Watt said he might check out Penn State and go back to Ohio State. More trips could be added as well.

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