Chris Watt has already been to Notre Dame a number of times, but on Sunday he'll report to the South Bend campus to begin his career as a student-athlete.
"I'm looking forward to it, Watt responded when asked about his future. "I've kept in contact with Zach (Martin), because he's my roommate. I've been talking to Alex Bullard, Jake Golic, Roby Toma, Tyler Stockton, and I spoke with Manti Te'o one time. I'm looking forward to meeting all the guys in a couple days.
"Coach Verducci expects me to come in right away and compete. Obviously we have a lot of guys on the offensive line that have experience and there will be a lot of young guys in the system, but I still want to come in and compete. I'll start out at guard, but (Verducci) still wants us to learn all five positions on the line. The main thing is coming in and learning the system as quickly as possible and competing.
"(Verducci) kind of reminds me of my high school coach," Watt said of his future postion coach. "I've only been around him a few times, but I'm comfortable with how he works with the guys and how he coaches. He'll let you know when you're doing something wrong, but then he'll pull you aside and let you know what you can do better. I think he's a really good motivator.
"Since about my junior year, I think my coach has gotten me to understand that once you step over that line you want to play pissed off," he said "But when you step off the field you have to turn the switch off. The last two years, I've tried to get it done in the weight room and try to play angry. I've just tried to be prepared to play football, but at the same time, I've tried to respect and represent our program well on the field as well as off the field."
As one of the top prep linemen in the country as a senior, Watt certainly had his choice of colleges. In the end it was the people associated with the Notre Dame program that made the difference for Chris.
"There is obviously the tradition and education, but I really liked the players and coaches on the team," Watt explained. "I got to know a lot of the freshman that were there like Dayne Crist, Sean Cwynar, Trevor Robinson, Mike Golic, and Braxston Cave.
"It was a decision I wrestled with for a little while. I was going back and forth, between a couple schools, because I wasn't really sure. But I guess it was just one of those decisions where it just hits you and then you know where you want to be.
"I'm not sure what my next choice would have been," Watt recalled. "I guess it probably would have been a Big Ten school. The other schools I was probably down to were Iowa, Northwestern, Ohio State, Illinois, and Penn State."