Watt Reels in More Offers

Derek Watt was just happy to get his first scholarship offer. Imagine his excitement now that the up-and-coming linebacker prospect from Pewaukee is up to seven scholarship offers before even hitting the camp circuit.

MADISON - As the weeks go by, Derek Watt's stock goes nowhere but up. Imagine what is going to happen when the senior linebacker from Pewaukee hits the summer camp circuit.

After recently picking up offers from Akron and North Dakota, Watt was called out of class for a meeting with Running Back Coach Tim Polacek from North Dakota State, who offered Watt is seventh scholarship.

"I had no idea that I would have seven offers at this stage," Watt told Badger Nation. "It's really something."

Before North Dakota State, Watt (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) received offers from Akron and North Dakota to go along with his offers from Illinois State, Miami (OH), Northern Illinois and Western Michigan.

"(Akron) Coach Ianello had the offer in the mail and that it was on its way, which was pretty exciting," Watt said. "I am hoping to get down there soon and check it out because I heard that they got some new facilities.

"North Dakota called and I got a chance to talk to all the coaches on the phone. They all passed around the phone and I got a chance to talk to them, which was nice because I never talked to some of them before. It was pretty exciting."

Watt's latest performance could bring him more results. Performing at the Nike Combine in Columbus, Ohio, Watt ran a 4.74 laser-timed 40-yard dash and finished with an overall score of 101.1 for the day. To put that in perspective, highly-recruited Kenosha Bradford running back Melvin Gordon finished with a 102.9.

At the combine, Watt showed that his work on the track team – throwing the discuss, shot put and running the 100 meter dash and 4x100 relay – everyday is translating to success.

"I have been doing more lifting at my school three times a week," Watt said. "I've been doing everything I can to outwork everyone else."

Watt has seen increased interest from Michigan State and South Dakota State and is also still involved with Wisconsin, as his recent visit during spring football would indicate.

"I hung out with Coach Doeren for quite awhile and Coach Bostad and Coach Bielema for awhile," Watt said. "I still know that I have to go to camp and that's what's going to make the decision if I get a scholarship or not."

While acknowledging people make a big deal about receiving a Big Ten offer, Watt hasn't allowed himself to dream about that scenario or make it a given that he would immediately take a BCS offer because it is on the table. With multiple places on the table, Watt feels any offer he gets now is just as good as the offers he currently has.

"Every school has its perks right now, some that are close and some that are farther," Watt said. "Miami of Ohio is six hours away, but I love that campus. Northern Illinois is only two hours away, but I really like their campus, too. It's a real pretty campus with great coaches. Every school that has offered has great coaches that keep in touch on a weekly basis."

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