Ohio OL Checks Out Pitt

Troy Watson is a 6-4, 275-pound offensive lineman out of Aurora (OH) High School

Aurora (OH) offensive lineman Troy Watson already has his first two offers from Miami of Ohio and Toledo, but he is getting interest from a number of other schools. Watson made a short trip to Pittsburgh last week to watch the Pitt's second spring practice.

"The Pitt visit went very well," Watson said. "I got there and met coach (Bob) Junko, who is in charge of high school relations. He showed us around, toured the facilities and talked about some of the memorabilia there. They showed me where the players have their meetings, then we went over to practice."

Watson initially got interest when assistant director of football operations Matt Dudek e-mailed Aurora head coach Bob Mihalik. Watson spent most of his time at Pitt's practice watching the offensive linemen.

"I really enjoyed practice," Watson said. "The coaches really keep it moving, moving from station to station."

Though it wasn't part of his visit, Watson and his mother took some time on their own to check out a little of Pitt's campus. He expects to come back at a future date for a more detailed look at the campus and its academics.

"We drove through (campus), and my mom and I really liked it," Watson said. "It got to show off the nice side of Pittsburgh. I really liked it. It's inner city, a clean campus and a classical college campus; everything put together."

Though he's unsure of where and when he will get a Pitt offer, Pitt is now a school he's interested in getting an offer from. He will be back at Pitt this summer for one of the prospect camps.

"You never know, I think (Pitt will offer), but you can't really tell," Watson said. "I'm hoping more offers will come through. Some bigger schools will offer closer to the season."

In addition to Pitt, Watson plans to take unofficial visits to West Virginia, Toledo, Syracuse and Miami of Ohio. He has also heard from such schools as Notre Dame, N.C. State, Michigan State, Ohio State as well as most of the MAC Schools. Watson was a first-team all-conference selection as a junior, and an honorable mention all-Northeast Ohio selection.

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