A New Wrinkle Leads Watt to UW

The Watt family legacy will carry on at the University of Wisconsin, as Pewaukee (Wis.) tight end T.J. Watt will follow older brother J.J. and Derek after committing to the Badgers on Sunday.

MADISON - With his family planning a spring break cruise, Pewaukee (Wis.) tight end T.J. Watt wanted to get the party started at port.

After the Badgers saw tight end verbal commit Scott Orndoff decommit and wanting to take one tight end in the class, the Badgers knew that another Watt coming to Wisconsin wasn't a bad thing. On Sunday, the youngest Watt agreed.

"I'm very excited to commit because it's been a dream of mine," Watt told Badger Nation before taking the party on to the ship. "That's why I committed right away. Every time I go up there, it feels like home to me."

After posting 27 catches for 505 yards and three touchdowns his junior season, Watt – 6-4, 200 pounds – picked the Badgers over Minnesota and Northern Illinois after Wisconsin increased his offer from a grayshirt opportunity to a full offer.

Watt was on campus last weekend and decided after a week of thinking that the Badgers were the perfect place for him.

"I couldn't be more excited," said Watt.

Watt follows his oldest brother, defensive end J.J. Watt, and his other older brother, linebacker Derek Watt, to Wisconsin. J.J. was a second-team All-American at Wisconsin, lettering in 2009 and 2010 and a first round draft pick of Houston in the 2011 NFL Draft. Derek just finished his redshirt season.

The news, as expected, was well received by some members of the Watt family.

"All three Watt brothers are going to wear the Cardinal & White!" J.J. Watt tweeted. "So happy to have TJ join the Badger family! #OnWisconsin"


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