“Running Back University” has added another weapon to the arsenal.
Impressed with the number of quality tailbacks the program has produced, Austin (TX) Westlake senior Nakia Watson decided to give Wisconsin his verbal commitment and join the 2018 recruiting class during his two-day unofficial visit to campus.
"I just loved the people there; that really got to me," Watson told BadgerNation. "The type of offense they run is the right type of offense for me. It's a N.F.L. offense. It's like a down-hill running offense, and that caught my attention."
Having Watson commit over 15 other offers, his decision strengthens Wisconsin’s top-25 recruiting class, which sits at 11 verbal commits, and locks in the minimum one running back position coach John Settle wants to take every year. It also extends the program’s recent run of success in Texas, as the Badgers have landed six verbal commits in the last four recruiting cycles from the state.
“Every corner I walked around someone had on a Wisconsin Badger shirt," Watson said. "It's a college town. It's the Badgers and the Packers. That's what I want to be around. Everybody has Badger pride."
Offered by the Badgers in mid-May, Watson earned his offered after recruiting coach Ted Gilmore told him to study up on the program and give him a call two days later. It turned out to be life-altering research.
“All the coaches were real pumped and it was a big family," Watson said. "When I committed, all the coaches were there, all the recruits, all the parents and everybody was pumped and cheering. I knew it was the right choice."