The University of Wisconsin could easily be called Running Back U these days, what with dueling running backs in next weekend’s NFL Super Bowl and all. But, the tradition of great backs has attracted a lot of talent over the past few recruiting cycles as well.
In the 2018 class that meant 3-star running back Nakia Watson out of Texas. However, after looking at all the film and assessing all the talent in the state of Texas, Watson has received a massive bump in the ratings.
According to 247Sports, Watson is now a 4-star running back and the No. 47 ranked prospect in the state of Texas for the 2018 class. The bump in rating also moved him from the No. 21 ranked running back to No. 11 in the country at his position.
Here’s what 247Sports has to say about the future Badgers back:
Nakia Watson is thickly-built back who shows good foot quickness in the hole and the ability to catch the ball from the backfield. He’s a physical runner good balance and body control. Watson can improve his top-end speed, but he’s a north-south runner with good power and forward push. Watson provided impressive production in his final two seasons of high school football against good competition.
Watson won’t be in the fold until the fall, and it will be interesting to see how he fits in to the mix of a crowded backfield already. Now sophomore and early offseason Heisman Trophy front-runner, Jonathan Taylor, returns. So do names like Taiwan Deal, Garrett Groshek and Chris James. There is also the returning Sam Brodner, who missed all of last season with an ACL tear.
Simply put, Watson may get the rare chance to be a 4-star running back and sit and watch for a season.
He also showcases the power game with vision that could be a great compliment to a back like Taylor, and given Taylor’s quick rise it will be interesting to see how he settles in at Wisconsin.
Don’t sleep on his production level either, as he put up 1,837 yards and 27 touchdowns on 6.9 yards per carry this past season. Watson also caught 18 passes for 327 yards and six scores. He helped Westlake to a 14-1 record and a state semifinal finish in the Texas Class 6A Division II playoff bracket.
He comes with personal production and from a winning program, something that has been a dangerous mix for producing quality players at Wisconsin.