It wasn't the yards Watson rushed for, as when you're evaluating a player for the next level, stats don't play a role. What impressed about Watson was the way he got the yards. He was quick through the hole, showed great balance and vision and the first or even second guy rarely brought him down. He showed top end speed in running away from a fast Seraph secondary and the power to run through would be tacklers all night. He took several hard shots and never flinched. Centennial has a great offensive line but a mark of a good running back is how much he gets on his own or after contact and Watson did plenty of work after first and second contact.
"I'm pretty tired right now," Watson said following the game. "The plan wasn't for me to break the record, Coach Logan took me and the starters out twice in the 4th quarter but they kept scoring. I thought I was done but then they scored so we all had to go back in.
"I feel like I'm definitely running with a chip on my shoulder this year. I had to split time last season so I don't think a lot of people know how good I really am. I worked hard in the off-season, put on 20 pounds and got quicker and faster too. I feel great right now and we have another tough game against Long Beach Poly next week but we'll be ready."
Watson gave an early commitment to California and said he's still solid with the Bears but does plan to take a few of his visits.
"I'm going to Boise State (Sept 28) and Utah (Oct. 3)," Watson said. "That Utah visit will be Thursday-Saturday since they play a Thursday night game against UCLA and we have a bye that weekend. UCLA is coming after me really hard as well and I went to their game against Nevada last weekend and was impressed with what they have going on.
"I like Cal a lot though, it's a great school. There's a reason I committed there and I'm hoping to get up for a visit soon, maybe Ohio State next weekend. I'm staying open minded though and always planned to do some visits. I'm really focusing on my season right now and helping us get back to the state title game but the visits should be a lot of fun as well."