Sure he kept in touch with the coaching staff on a daily basis and had built a good relationship, but Watt, who made the trip with his parents, was just happy to meet the coaches and further develop his relationship with them.
That relationship greatly improved when he received his first scholarship offer from them before returning home.
"I am very grateful and thankful that they believe in me enough to give me this opportunity, but it's just the first one," Watt told Badger Nation Thursday. "I am just really happy that they believe in my talent, my hard work and everything like that.
"I love the coaches there. They're all really nice and everything like that. I sat down with a bunch of the players. (Western Michigan) has been talked to me for quite awhile now, and I wasn't expecting that when I went there today. They let me know that the offer is there if I want to take it."
Western Michigan is just one of many schools recruiting the talented 6-foot-2, 210-pound linebacker prospect from Pewaukee, as Central Michigan, Indiana, Northwestern and Wisconsin have all expressed interested. The Badgers know quite a bit about Derek, seeing as his brother J.J. is an All-Conference defensive end for UW.
"My parents were very excited and very proud of me for getting the offer," Watt said. "They took time out of their schedule to go out there with me and I appreciate them a lot. We are all really excited."
Driving home to compete in a track meet Friday, Watt and his family will be right back on the road Saturday to travel to Central Michigan Saturday. During the summer, Watt will go to a one-day camp at Western Michigan, a three-day camp in Wisconsin and keep visiting schools.
"I would love more offers," Watt said. "My plan right now is to keep doing what I've been doing and things will fall into place. I want to go to more schools, see new things and hopefully coaches will see what I have to offer. Hopefully I get recognition for that and follow suit like Western Michigan did and give me an offer."
As a running back, he had 11 rushing touchdowns and 666 yards, along with 266 yards receiving and three receiving touchdowns. On defense, he had 50 solo tackles, four and a half sacks and 14 tackles for loss.
Watt projects either to tailback or outside linebacker at the next level.