National Signing Day has dominated the BYU news cycle as high school recruits have signed with their future schools, but a experienced college football player could be transferring to BYU in 2018.
Cal running back Tre Watson announced a few weeks ago that he will pursue a graduate transfer, and tweeted Wednesday afternoon that BYU is the only “for sure trip” that he is planning right now:
The only forsure trip i will be taking so far is BYU— Tre Watson (@tre1watson) February 7, 2018
BYU recruited Watson out of high school as part of the 2014 class, and he visited BYU in the summer of 2013. He ultimately decided to sign with Cal.
Watson brings production at the RB position and would provide an immediate playmaker for BYU. He suffered a right leg injury during the second game of the 2017 season, which forced him to sit out the rest of the season and be granted medical redshirt.
For his career, he has rushed for 1390 yards, with 8 rushing TD’s on just over 5 yards per carry. He is also a good receiver out of the backfield, as he has amassed 37 receptions for 379 yards and 5 receiving TD’s.
His best year came as a junior in 2016. That season, he rushed for 709 yards and 4 TD’s, and added 21 receptions for 241 yards and 4 TD’s.
His best performance came against Oregon in 2016, where he rushed for over 150 yards, and added 50 receiving yards and 2 TD’s. He also rushed for over 125 yards and 2 TD’s the week prior at Oregon State.
Although running back is not necessarily the biggest position of need for BYU, the Cougar offense is in a desperate need for playmakers. Watson would step in right away and form a nice trio with Ula Tolutau and Squally Canada. All three offer unique skill sets, with Watson being the best pass catcher of the group and the most agile.
Watson’s final year of eligibility will be the 2018 season.
Check out Watson’s 2016 highlights below:
If you want more, here are his 2015 ones: