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Naikia Watson gives Badgers their RB for 2018 class

There is no position with more scrutiny at the University of Wisconsin than that of running back. So, when one commits, it is a big deal.

After struggling to land a premier ranked recruit at the position so far this class, the Badgers appear to have found the one they wanted. That’s because three-star running back Nakia Watson chose Wisconsin after unofficially visiting on Friday.

His offer list won’t blow you away — as the schools after him included Bowling Green, Nevada, North Texas, Ohio, Sam Houston State, and Texas State. But, Watson has worked hard in the offseason and impressed running backs coach John Settle.

Watson is the No. 52 ranked running back in the 2018 recruiting class and the No. 121 ranked player in the state of Texas. He finished his junior season at Westlake High School (Austin, TX) with 1,648 yards and 22 touchdowns on 256 carries. There were also seven games of 100-plus yards to his credit according to MaxPreps.

At 5-11, 205 pounds already, Wilson has some of the classic traits of successful Badgers backs in the past. He can also catch the ball out of the backfield, with 14 receptions for 123 yards.

One look at his film and you see a North-South runner with one-cut ability, but also a burst when in open space. His patience behind the offensive line is impressive and something that harkens back to the successful Badger backs of the past.

The Badgers are now up to 11 commitments in the 2018 class, which ranks 25th nationally and seventh in the Big Ten.

Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He's a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball


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