Chris Watt of Glen Ellyn (Ill.) Glenbard West, the third-ranked offensive guard in the recent Scout 300 rankings and the No. 132 prospect overall, said he'll be making his first visit to Ohio State this weekend for an unofficial visit for a junior day.
"I hope to get a better feel for the coaches and the players and how I'm going to fit into the scheme, if I choose to go there," Watt said. "I'm going to be hanging out with some of the players down there so that should be fun, seeing what the day-to-day schedule is like and seeing what it's like to be an Ohio State football player."
Though the 6-4, 270-pounder will be making his first visit to the OSU campus, he's already familiar with Ohio State in many ways. Watt said he trades texts with Garrett Goebel, a Buckeye signee and friend from their high school playing days (Goebel prepped at nearly Lombard Montini Catholic), and keeps in contact with running backs coach Dick "Doc" Tressel.
"The tradition is unbelievable," Watt said when asked what he knows about OSU. "They're coming off of two national championship appearances and they've been to three in the past six years, so if you go there you're going to be playing in a national championship. That's one of the things that really sticks out to me, and just the overall people there so far. I've met Dick Tressel, I've talked to him on the phone I feel like once a week and I like him a lot. He's a really nice guy. The coaching staff over there, they don't BS anything. They're going to tell you straight up what they want you to do and where they think you can fit."
Watt, who said he is up to 15 offers, including a number of Big Ten schools and Notre Dame, said he would like to return to Ohio State later in spring while also checking out Stanford, Notre Dame, Michigan and Virginia. He said that fitting in will be a big thing he'll look for while on his visits.
"I think one of the biggest things is I want to able to relate with the players and coaches and be able to have fun with them because I'm going to be spending the next four or five years of my life with them," he said. "I want to be bale to know that I'm going to have fun and work with the people for the next four or five years."
Also important will be academics. Watt's grandfather played football at Harvard, and his older brother Kevin is a defensive end at Northwestern who redshirted in 2007. When at OSU, Chris said he'll be meeting with representatives of business school, the Fisher College of Business.
"Academics are obviously a big thing," he said. "That's another thing I want to look at when I'm down there. I think I'm having a meeting with the business department and academic advisers at Ohio State so that should be really good."
Watt, who has started the past two years at Glenbard West, said he'll probably be making his final decision over the summer.
"I just want to be able to on my senior season and not have to worry about the recruiting stuff," he said.