The University of Wisconsin football team continued making early additions to its 2018 recruiting class Saturday when Austin, Texas, running back Nakia Watson became the 11th commitment in the class and the fourth addition over the past five weeks.
Watson, a 5-foot-11, 212-pound back from Westlake High, rates as a three-star prospect by Scout, 247sports and Rivals and fills a need for the Badgers in this recruiting cycle.
“They put a lot of running backs out in the NFL,” Watson said of UW. "Them putting a lot of running backs out kind of dragged me towards them because I know what type of offense they run. It’s a pro-style offense. Wisconsin kind of revolves around running backs, and that’s the position I play. That kind of got my attention."
Watson rushed for 1,645 yards and 22 touchdowns during his junior year in 2016, according to BadgerNation, and chose UW over offers from SMU, Nevada, Bowling Green, Ohio and a number of other schools from Group of Five conferences.
The Badgers were the first Power Five team to offer Watson when they extended one last month, and he committed right after a visit to Madison this weekend. The visit was a revealing one for Watson, who said he enjoyed the atmosphere around campus and was impressed by his interactions with current UW players.
"I went to watch a workout and every single one of them came over to introduce themselves,” Watson said. "That really caught my eye. Then the way head coach (Paul Chryst) was. He’s just a straight-up type guy. You get what you get with him. I like that, too."
Joining Watson in the Badgers’ 2018 class are quarterback Chase Wolf, linebackers Jack Sanborn, C.J. Goetz and Mason Platter, safeties Reggie Pearson and Trent Ingalls, offensive lineman Michael Furtney and defensive linemen Boyd Dietzen, Cormac Sampson and Isaiah Mullens.