Why UW? “I really respect the program they are building up there and I like their 'Built for Life' message and you can't beat the academics there.”
Other Suitors: Wattenberg had offers from Cal, Duke, Nebraska, Oregon State, USC, UCLA, Utah and Washington State before he decided to commit to the Dawgs.
Scouting Report: “Wattenberg is easily among the top tackle prospects out West and could end up on the left or right side. He has a great frame with plenty of room to add as much weight as needed but what really stands out about him is his athleticism and ability to move. For a big man, he moves around like a player half his size and has no problems sliding his feet in pass protection and getting to the second level and making a block on a linebacker or safety. He's advanced technique wise and has already been very well coached, so his learning curve when he gets to college should be a lot smaller than for most linemen. As he gains more size, his strength numbers should really jump up and this is a player we think can step in and play early at the college level.” – Greg Biggins (Scout.com)
Quotable: “What was really great (on his official visit) was the feel you got from the players. They aren't just teammates, they are like a family there. They are all pretty close to each other and they all seem to have a great time together, especially the linemen.”
Projection: “While he was a very good tackle prospect, Washington appears set to move Wattenberg inside where his best attribute, pulling, will be maximized. Wattenberg finishes his blocks well and he'll be counted on to be a contributor early in his career, likely after he redshirts, at one of the guard spots along the offensive line.” – Scott Eklund (Dawgman.com)