Two months after saying he would visit BYU, it appears Cal running back Tre Watson will be taking a trip to Provo.
Watson posted the following on his Instagram story Thursday night, saying he will make a BYU trip “next week” sandwiched in between trips to Texas Tech and LSU:
Watson has already visited New Mexico, and indicates that the three schools mentioned above will be his final visits.
With the emergence of Zach Katoa during Spring and the known commodities of Ula Tolutau’u and Squally Canada, it’s very possible that BYU coaches have cooled off on recruiting Watson the past couple months.
Although he is a great talent and would be one of the best skills position players on the team, BYU’s depth in the backfield and scholarship limit likely contributed to Watson not taking a visit during spring ball.
Watson suffered a season-ending knee injury at the beginning of the 2017 season, which forced him to miss his senior year and apply for a medical redshirt.
His production is impressive. 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.
It’s unclear if BYU will offer Watson a scholarship and if he would commit to BYU if that happened, but Watson would add another nice dimension to a BYU backfield that is looking solid.
With the year BYU’s offense had in 2017, having another playmaker for the 2018 season definitely wouldn’t hurt.
You can watch Watson’s 2016 highlights below: