Watson Sets January Visits

Corona (Calif.) Centennial running back Tre Watson and his Husky teammates came up a short in their bid to play in a second straight state championship in the open division. Still Watson showed why he's among the top backs in the region with another big game...

Tre Watson capped off another monster senior season with yet another 200+ yard game and a pair of touchdowns. On the year, the running back rushed for 3,700 yards and 50 touchdowns and combines a very quick burst, a powerful lower body that allows him to run through tackles and the ability to bounce it outside and run away from a defender as well.

On the recruiting front, Watson committed to California back in the summer but always maintained his desire to take his official visits. He checked out Boise State and Utah and has two more trips lined up.

"I'm going to Cal (Jan. 17) and UCLA (Jan. 31)," Watson said. "I want to take all five if I can but I'm leaving that 5th one open right now. USC has gotten involved and I talked with Johnny Nansen and he told me they like me a lot and plan to start recruiting me.

"I'm still feeling Cal the most, they're recruiting me the hardest. I had a home visit with Coach Ingram already and it went really well. UCLA hasn't talked to me about coming over for a visit and I still haven't talked to the new RB coach Kennedy Polamalu yet so I know I need to do that."

Both Cal and UCLA are heavily involved with Oakley (Calif.) Freedom running back Joe Mixon and could be the teams to beat. Will that play a role in what Watson ultimately does?

"That won't play a role for me at all," Watson said. "I almost want to commit to the same school as him just to show I'm the better running back. I think my numbers speak for themselves and I'm not afraid to compete with anyone. I always run with a chip on my shoulder because I feel like I'm under-rated. I'm just going to enjoy this process, take my time and then make a final decision right around Signing Day."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for almost 20 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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