Watt Likes OSU, Has Cuts On The Horizon

Illinois' four-star guard Chris Watt has been high on Ohio State's list in its continued search for offensive lineman. Watt already visited Columbus and hopes to return during the summer, but first he plans to trim his list in order to focus his recruiting efforts on a few schools.

At some point in any prospective college player's recruitment, some hard decisions have to be made. Some of those look to be on the horizon for Chris Watt.

The four-star offensive lineman has more than 20 scholarship offers on the table, and the Glen Ellyn (Ill.) Glenbard West star said his goal is to narrow down his list to 8-10 programs by the end of the month with designs on making his decision before his senior year of high school football begins.

"It would be a big stress and a weight off of my shoulders (to choose before my senior year), and I could just go out there and play without having to worry about anything," Watt said. "I've actually started narrowing down my schools a little bit. I think I'm going to continue doing that through May and hopefully get down to a good list of eight or 10 schools that I'm really interested in and go from there."

Ohio State, which recently has had line coach Jim Bollman and running backs coach Dick Tressel out to his hometown, would figure to be one of those schools for Scout's No. 2 offensive guard in the country.

"They're pretty high on my list right now," Watt said. "They're pretty high up."

So much so that the 6-3, 280-pounder took a trip with his mother to visit the Columbus campus during spring football and plans to return during the summer with his father.

The first visit went well, according to Watt, who was able to check out a practice, see the football facilities and meet with academic advisors in the Fisher College of Business.

"I'm interested in going into the field of business, so I got to sit down with the business college and they gave me a lot of information, a folder with everything, and then I got to meet with an academic advisor that advises only the football team," he said. "They were really helpful."

In addition, Watt said he hung out with Mike Adams, Michael Brewster and J.B. Shugarts and left with high opinions of the people at OSU.

"Everyone seems pretty humble about being an Ohio State football player," he said. "There aren't any ego problems. Everything is business on the practice field. Everything off it is fun and everyone enjoys it. The people there are just amazing. Coach (Jim) Tressel is a really good guy. My mom really liked him. My dad hasn't gotten to talk to him yet but both my mom and I really liked him."

Since visiting Ohio State, he has taken trips to Stanford, Virginia, Northwestern (where brother Kevin suits up as a defensive lineman) and Illinois. Watt, who also checked out Notre Dame, Illinois and Iowa around the same time as his OSU trip, said that there have been both positive and negative aspects to all the traveling.

"It's a little exhausting after a while because you don't really get to spend a lot of time with your friends, but at the same time it's kind of exciting to see all of the programs that you watched on TV last year and how they're run and how they're different from other programs," Watt said.

For now, Watt is relaxing and looking to finish his school year while thinking about his list and preparing to the road again once summer comes.

"I've kind of reached that chill point a little bit, just kind of relaxing now and focusing on the end of school," he said. "And then I think I'm going to see a couple of schools."

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