Watt Becoming A Road Warrior

Not many pieces remain in the puzzle to fill Ohio State's 2009 recruiting class, but one of those could be highly ranked offensive lineman Chris Watt. The five-star prospect checked out OSU last weekend and now plans a number of trips in the near future to help illuminate a decision he hopes comes later in the summer.

Chris Watt never has shied away from hitting the road to check out his top schools, but the next few visits could very well signal crunch time for the class of 2009 prospect.

Watt still has plans to try to make a decision on a school somewhere around the end of July, so it stands to reason his trip last weekend to Ohio State and visits to Notre Dame, Boston College and Penn State in the next few weeks could have a big impact in determining where Scout's No. 2 offensive guard ends up playing college football.

However, he cautioned that those four schools are not the only ones still on his list, noting simply that, "Those are schools that I am still interested in, and Boston College and Penn State are schools I've wanted to check out so I get to see them for the first time."

Notre Dame is on the docket starting today, and after that the 6-3, 280-pounder plans an east coast swing next week to check out BC and PSU.

"Hopefully after that I can sit down, write down what I want and, after all my visits, just try to find a school," Watt said.

The Glen Ellyn (Ill.) Glenbard West star started his tour with his father last weekend when they checked out Ohio State. After the younger Watt had a dentist appointment early the morning of June 20, the pair made the trip from northeastern Illinois, arriving about the time the Buckeye camp that day ended.

After arriving, Watt said he went to dinner with members of the Ohio State coaching staff and hung out with players including Nic DiLillo, Zach Domicone and fellow Land of Lincoln native Garrett Goebel.

On the 21st, he had meetings with offensive line coach Jim Bollman and head coach Jim Tressel before hitting the road back to Illinois Saturday evening.

He said he and his father enjoyed the trip.

"I really enjoyed myself. It was a really good visit and my dad really liked it," Watt said. "He really, really liked the coaching staff. He couldn't stop saying good things about Coach Tressel and how great of a person he was, his morals and everything. Also Coach Bollman, he's a guy that can get me to the next level and someone who is also a really good person and a father figure away from home."

As for the status of his top schools, Watt said not much has changed. While he still has not been able to set a concrete list of top schools, he has said recently that Ohio State and Notre Dame are the schools that are assured of spots in that group. The time in Columbus didn't take away from his view of OSU.

"I still really like them," he said. "They're still really high on my list."

Since Watt left the Ohio State campus, five more players have verbally committed to become Buckeyes, giving OSU 23 commitments at the moment. However, even as much speculation swirls about the class filling up and whether any of a bumper crop of Ohio offensive linemen will receive a new offer, the five-star prospect said he was not pressured to make a decision by anyone from Ohio State.

"Coach Bollman said there's no pressure on me at all," Watt said. "They understand that I need to see some other schools. They want me there, but they also understand I need to see some schools to be 100 percent sure in my decision."


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