Watson Can't Wait

Several members of the 2014 Illinois football recruiting class were on hand for the spring game, including future Illini linebacker Tre Watson, who came all the way from Florida to see the action first-hand.

It wasn't quite Florida weather, but Tre Watson made it up from Tampa to Champaign for the Illinois Spring Game on what was one of the warmest days of spring.

Now back in Tampa, Watson is more excited than ever to get up to Illinois this summer after what he considered one of his best visits to Illinois.

"Everything went well," he said. "I'm back home and working hard again. The whole visit was great. I got to spend plenty of time with the rest of the signing class and a lot of the team after the game, so it was about as complete of a visit as I've had."

One person in particular that Watson spent significant time with at the game was former Illinois linebacker Jonathan Brown. Brown and Watson talked quite a bit on his official visit, so it was only natural to catch up and get some last minute advice as they both transition into the next phase of their football careers.

"It was good to get to talk to (Jonathan)," Watson said. "Just getting some man to man conversation stuff in, that only makes sense as I'm moving into the position he just left."

The hard work has already begun for Watson as he looks to step up his training in preparation for the college grind.

"I've been working five days a week and pushing myself harder than ever before," he said. "I'm just getting as fast, strong, and fit as possible for when I get there in June."

Watson's work hasn't been solely in the weight room. An exceptional student, Watson is continually working hard to finish near the top of his class.

"As far as school goes, I have worked my whole life and prepared myself for any academic challenge," he said. "I haven't gotten anything but an A up to this point and plan on continuing that through the next four years."

The challenge won't stop in high school, either. Watson is looking at a difficult major in college. But luckily he'll have some help if he needs it from one of his close teammates.

"I plan on majoring in community health on a pre-dentistry path," he said, "Mason Monheim is the same major. I talked with him about it on my official." "It's just people who understand how important it is and the opportunities it will create for you."

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