Utah's 2014 class may end up consisting of a lot of players currently committed to other schools. If the Utes get their way, running back Tre Watson will be one of those commits.
Watson visited Utah officially last week for the UCLA game and came away very impressed with the trip.
"It was real cool. I enjoyed it and had a good time with players. Utah had a really good atmosphere. It was a little cold though."
The Utes paired Watson with a few other current players who also hail from the Southern California area.
"My hosts were Delshawn McClellon and Brandon Cox. They were really cool being from LA."
Despite the Thursday night loss against UCLA, the atmosphere in the stadium and the Utes' performance left their mark.
"The Utah fans are crazy. It's sad they lost, but they fought to the end."
Utah likes to make sure their visitors are well fed on their visits, and Watson appreciated the culinary experience.
"It's crazy. We ate so much. I couldn't even eat some of the meals. It felt like we ate every five minutes."
Getting to spend more time around the Utah coaches really gave him a better feel for the people he'd be working under if he were to end up at Utah.
"Coach Cano and Erickson are my main recruiter, and I spent a lot of time with Coach Doug. He told me a lot about Utah and what they can offer. It's crazy with Erickson. I feel like I've known him my whole life. I honestly didn't even know he was the running back coach until the game. He's such a great guy."
Once Watson returned from the trip, he was able to reflect on everything and Utah ended up making a huge impression.
"They definitely opened my eyes a lot, especially with the vibe I got with everyone. I felt at home and like they are all a family. I'm going to stay open minded about the recruiting process and figure out which school is the best one for me. My mom has been out to Utah and loved it, and that's important to me."
Watson is enjoying a tremendous senior season, including a huge game earlier in the year with 466 yards and 7 TDs, putting extra attention and praise on the 5-11, 195 pounder.
"I just try to stay focused on what my job is. It's all about the team and I couldn't have done it without the other 10 guys out there."
With two official visits down (visited Boise State previously), Watson knows where he'll be taking at least two more after this senior season and then will make a final decision.
"I'll visit UCLA and Cal for sure are after the season. I could have an official to USC if they offer. I'm still committed to Cal. After I take those visits and then I'll make my final decision."
Watson Returns From Utah
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