Watson Has Two Out Front

USFNation Field Reporter
Posted Sep 18, 2013


Tampa (Fla.) Catholic High School linebacker, Tre Watson, took the short trip over to Raymond James Stadium to watch South Florida battle Florida Atlantic this past Saturday. USFNation.com caught up with stout linebacker for the latest with his recruitment and time spent at the game.

After racking up 161 tackles, 16 1/2 sacks and 25 tackles for loss in 2012, Tre Watson has received several offers from the likes of South Florida, Illinois, UCF, FAU, Buffalo, Air Force and more.

With the Bulls being Watson's first offer, Watson said back in February that, "I'll always keep them in my mind." The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Watson has been a man of his word and made the short trip to Raymond James Stadium to check out Willie Taggart's program take on the Florida Atlantic Owls.

After the conclusion of the visit, USFNation.com caught up with the Tampa Catholic star for the latest.

"The visit went well," Watson said. "Obviously, the past few games haven't turned out very well for them, but they're getting more people to come to the games than last year and that's a positive. The coaching staff was great as always. They just need to find a way to win."

With the coaching turnover that happened with the Bulls this past season, Watson understands it's going to be a process and likes the direction the coaching staff has the team going in.

"The mentality of Coach Taggart and the rest of the coaching staff brought in was really a big thing," Watson said. "I feel like the rest of the team just had to get it. I know some of those guys are used to coach (Skip) Holtz, but their whole mentality, work ethic and what they bring to the table is what I like. The coaches show that they want to win. The coaches look like they're pointing in the right direction, but I think the players just need to execute and get some things done."

For the time being, Watson has one official visit set up in October.

"At the moment, I don't have anything scheduled for the next two weeks," Watson said. "I'm taking an official visit to Florida Atlantic on Oct. 12th. At the moment, the next two weeks are free and obviously something can come up between now and then."

When make Watson makes his collegiate choice, he simply just wants to feel wanted from that coaching staff.

"The main thing is the comfort level," Watson said. "How I feel around them and how I feel in their environment. I don't want to go a place where I want to be there more than they want me to be there. That'll be a huge part of it. I want to feel the love from that school."

With several offers on the table for the linebacker, there's a duo of schools that are slightly ahead of the pack in the defensive stud's recruitment.

At the moment, the main ones that have been standing out are Illinois and after last week, FAU," Watson said. "FAU definitely took a jump because I didn't know they had that in them. I don't know if that just was based on them or USF because they're in a down time right now. I'm not saying it's limited to those two, but at the moment, those are the two up there."



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