Watson Keeping Busy

The Corona (Calif.) Centennial running back, Tre Watson, is taking official visits and is planning one to UCLA...

Corona (Calif.) Centennial running back Tre Watson took his first official visit over the weekend, visiting Boise State.

And today, Watson heads to Salt Lake City to visit Utah officially.

"One of my 7on7 teammates, Jeremy McNichols, is committed to Utah, so we're going out there and we've been texting about the visit," said Watson. "It's going to be fun. Utah is actually playing UCLA and they know I'll be there."

The Bruins are also recruiting, Watson, who's committed to Cal. But because he's had a terrific start to his senior season, schools are trying to get him to flip his verbal.

Watson, though, said he's still solid to the Bears.

"I'm definitely solidly committed," said Watson. "I've seen people say I'm not a solid commit, but all I'm doing is taking the trips to make sure I'm making the right decision."

In Boise, Watson joined his Centennial teammate, Jaylen Johnson, who committed to the Broncos last month.

"Boise State was a real cool visit," said Watson. "They have a nice environment out there. I got to experience the fans. Because there are no professional teams in Boise, Boise State is the professional team. We got a lot of love."

Watson was hosted by freshman receiver David McKinzie and he also spent ample time with the Bronco coaches.

"I talked a lot with Coach (Keith) Bhonapha and he showed us around and I was with him most of the time," said Watson. "They had us talking to a lot of different coaches."

It was also Watson's first chance to see the famed Blue Turf in Bronco Stadium.

"It's way different than on TV," said Watson. "On TV, it's so bright but in person it's nice and clean. It's crazy and great, I loved it."

Watson said the visit, overall, couldn't have gone better.

"It was definitely a 10," said Watson. "I had a great time. It was a 10 and it definitely opened my eyes in the recruiting process."

Next up is the visit to Utah, and offensive coordinator Dennis Erickson, who recruited Centennial aggressively when he was at Arizona State, is recruiting Watson.

"Coach Erickson is the one who got on me," said Watson. "Utah is definitely in my top five, that's why I'm using one of my officials on them."

Cal and UCLA will also get a visit from Watson.

"After the season, I'm going to visit UCLA and Cal," said Watson. "I'm going to leave the fifth visit open and I'm waiting for an opening with whatever school wants to make it happen."

The Bruins have continued to push for Watson.

"Coach (Steve) Broussard has been recruiting me the whole way," said Watson. "I talked to Coach (Jim) Mora about a week ago too and it was a good conversation and made me excited about them."

But Watson said nothing has changed with he and Cal.

"The whole coaching staff at Cal has been staying in touch with me," said Watson. "That's my family there. Like I said, I'm solidly committed despite what people keep saying. Just because I want to take visits to make sure I'm making the right decision, I haven't decommitted."

Watson and Centennial have a bye this weekend, which is allowing him to take the visit to Utah and fit in a Thursday night game. He's rushed for over 1,200 yards and 19 touchdowns through five games so far. Next weekend, the Huskies will open Big VIII play and face Norco.

Brandon is in his ninth year with Scout.com and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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