All of that is behind Chris Watt for good.
On Sunday afternoon, the 6-foot-4, 284-pound Watt called Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis to let him know he was joining the fold. Watt's commitment gives the Irish 12 in this current recruiting class.
"He was really excited," Watt stated. He chose the Irish over Ohio State, Northwestern, Michigan, Virginia, Iowa, Illinois and several others.
"He was in New Jersey and he was waiting for my phone call. He is excited for me to join the Notre Dame family, and I'm excited as well. It's a great feeling to be done with the recruiting, and be a part of something."
Heading into the weekend, Watt was 90 percent sure he wanted to attend Notre Dame. He needed to check a couple things out, and his parents made him put together a list of pros and cons for each of his finalists before making a verbal commitment.
"It was just like what my thoughts were on each school," Watt explained. "It was quite a long list, just putting the positives and negatives of each school in each category."
There wasn't very many negatives listed under Notre Dame.
"It was just the combination of everything, academics and athletics, and just always being Notre Dame football. That's sacred in college football, and it's something I couldn't pass up, and I'm really excited about it.
Watt and Alex Bullard, a four-star guard from Brentwood, Tenn., give the Irish quite a duo of offensive line commitments in this year's class.
"They're looking at me as more of a guard, but they also can see me playing all three positions on the line," Watt explained. He had 128 pancakes for Glenbard West High. "But they really like me at guard right now, and I think that's where I'll be starting off."
Watt plans to attend the home opener against San Diego State, and the Stanford game later in the season. He also hopes to make it up to a practice if his schedule allows it.
"I'm going to try my best to recruit," Watt said. "Anything I can do to help make it better. I think I'm going to try and get a Chicago connection, and try and get any kids they offer."
Watt was able to catch up with Irish assistant coach Rob Ianello about his commitment, but offensive line coach John Latina is out of the country and unable to be reached. Watt also shared the news with family and friends.
"They were ecstatic," Watt said. "I'm Irish Catholic growing up, so my grandpa was excited, both my grandparents were extremely happy for me. My parents are extremely happy for me. My friends are excited and other coaches and players I've met through the process congratulated me.
"It's been a long process and they were happy I could pick a school that best fits me."