With the final spring game over with, it will be a few months until we see the Texas Tech Red Raiders on the field again. The final few scholarship spots on this roster are still being recruited and one player on Tech’s radar is the Cal graduate transfer, Tre Watson. Watson leaves Cal after a sub-par season, where he rushed for under 100 yards. Watson is still a great back, as in 2016, he had over 900 all-purpose yards and 8 touchdowns on over 150 touches. He has a ton to bring to this team as experience is just some of what he brings to the table.
Watson was injured in the second game of the season against Weber State. He is an extremely versatile back that will fit into Kliff Kingsbury and Kevin John’s offense perfectly in a role spot, complementing running backs Tre King and Daleon Ward. Watson caught 21 passes in his junior year and at 5’11 is no small back.
With well over 1000 yards in his career, Watson could bring some needed experience to a running back group that will also bring on freshmen Ta’zhawn Henry and SaRodorick Thompson. These two will need a great mentor and will be getting plenty with seniors Tre King and Desmond Nisby already on the team.
If Watson chooses to commit, he will most likely be used as a third-down running back, using his versatility to catch passes and pass block for whatever quarterback starts. One thing I will give Coach Kingsbury credit for this off-season is going after some versatile experience.
In 2016, Watson was one of the best options out of the backfield for former Texas Tech and now New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb. He caught 21 passes out of the backfield. Last year, 51 passes were caught be Red Raider running backs. Watson fits perfectly in Kingsbury’s offense, as he would be able to get the ball in a multitude of ways. That year, Watson had the best year of his career and if he can return to that form, he could be a weapon for this Red Raider offense that needs a leader in the backfield.
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