First offer from USF big for LB Tre Watson

USF was the first to offer another local prospect when they offered Tampa Catholic LB Tre Watson. The 6-foot-2, 214 pound outside linebacker talks about getting his first offer from USF, his junior day visit with Head Coach Willie Taggart and where the Bulls stand.

Linebacker Tre Watson transferred to Tampa Catholic from Tampa Tech and had huge season in 2012, making 161 tackles, with 16 1/2 sacks, 25 tackles for a loss, 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovered, and he also had 28 quarterback pressures and intercepted a pass.

"My best assets are that I know the game of football a lot more than most high school players, I know the game, I can led the defense and can call plays," said Watson. "I'm very aggressive and never give up on a play. I non-stop hustle, that's probably one of my better attributes."

The 6-foot-2, 214 pound outside linebacker was flying under but that's about to change as he reeled in his first college offer from Coach Willie Taggart and the Bulls..

"Things have really started to pick up for me the last month," said Watson. "The big news is that I received my first offer last week from USF. "It was incredible and felt amazing!"

Prior to the offer day Watson attended the Bulls junior day and got to tour the campus, see the facilities and get a preview of what college life would be like at USF.

"The junior day was a lot of fun and we got to learn a few things about the school," said Watson. "The campus was really nice and the facilities were definitely amazing. I know most of it is really new, the locker rooms and the practice fields and they looked great."

After taking a junior day visit, Watson was talking with Coach Taggart and his recruiting coordinator Coach Reaves, when he found out about the offer.

"Coach Reeves told me they wanted to offer me a scholarship to South Florida, "At first I was just calm and said thank you, then I was real excited and my mom started running around the house. It was really a great feeling."

The Tampa Catholic standout has gotten to talk with the Bulls staff and likes what he's seen and heard

"I really like the USF staff," said Watson. "Coach Reaves is my recruiting coach and he's real easy to talk with and is just a great guy."

The local prospect got to talk in depth with the Bulls new head coach and thins the Bull made a great hire.

"I think Coach Taggart is the perfect guy for the head coaching job at USF," said Watson. "He has everything you want in a coach, he's fun, energetic, and knows what he's talking about."

"At junior day he said our dream is not to slowly rebuild the program. Our dream is to win championships, soon, as soon as next year," said Watson. He said that with the recruiting class we signed and the players we already have, the potential is there. Now we're looking to make that potential shine and I think he can do it."

With many of the area's top prospects leaving, one of the main thing that Coach Taggart was preaching was to keep the area's best home.

"We need to keep you guys here and build a great program with the area's top athlete's right here in your hometown."

The Bulls also offered a few of Watson's teammates in Cory Martinez and T.J. Harrell, and receiver Zach Benjamin recently signed his letter of intent with USF.

"I'm close with all of them," said Watson. "Zach actually text me right after I was offered, saying why don't you just commit now, obviously he really likes the school since he signed with them."

The local prospect doesn't have a list of favorites just yet talked about how the visit and offer affected how he felt about USF.

"The visit really helped. Before I was just thinking they're the local school, and even though I kept up with them and went to a couple of games, it was a rough year," said Watson. But now, I think with the new staff and my recent visit, it really opened my eyes and I'm definitely interested in them."

"I got my first offer from them and is definitely important to me," said Watson. "I'll always keep them in my mind.

Watson, who's an ‘A' student that has never gotten a ‘B' in his life said he plans on truing to go to a few practices this spring, including ones at USF, Florida and other state schools. 

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