Watt Makes the Tough Call

Family or playing time. Full scholarship or grayshirt. Friend or foe. These were the multitude of decisions Pewaukee linebacker Derek Watt had to decide between during the last week involving his recruitment, a process that ended Monday.

MADISON - It was an impossible choice for Pewaukee linebacker Derek Watt.

One choice was picking the University of Wisconsin, who Watt – a 6-foot-2, 215-pound linebacker – impressed with his size, speed and agility after camping at Wisconsin two weeks ago.

The problem was the Badgers were handcuffed with a lack of scholarships after accepting the verbal commitments of linebackers Jake Keefer and Derek Landisch. Rather than let Watt, the younger brother of UW junior defensive lineman J.J. Watt, walk, the Badgers did the best they could – offer a grayshirt, thus delaying Watt's enrollment until the following year.

The other choice was Northwestern, a school that offered a full scholarship to Watt the same time the Badgers extended their offer.

In the end, a full scholarship and early playing time made Watt give the edge to Northwestern, making him the ninth verbal commitment to Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald and the Wildcats.

"I committed to Northwestern this morning," Watt said in a message to Badger Nation. "I visited this weekend and I realized that it was a great fit. I really look forward to working with Coach Fitzgerald (two-time All-American LB), Coach Bates, and Coach Hankwitz. It's also nice to know that I am the only LB being brought in for my class."

Scout.com will have more on this story this evening ...


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