Cal coach Sonny Dykes has identified running back as an area of need in the 2014 recruiting class, and he got his first commitment at the position from Tre Watson, a 5-10, 184-pounder from Centennial-Corona.
He likely won’t be the last, especially if the Bears can lure four-star local talent Joe Mixon of Freedom-Oakley.
Watson committed Sunday, according to Rivals.com, which ranks Watson as a three-star prospect. Scout does not rate him.
Still, hard to say just how good Watson might be. He rushed for 1,483 yards and scored 24 total touchdowns last season, despite barely playing half a game because Centennial was so far ahead on most nights. He averaged 9.1 yards per carry for the season and scored two TDs in a 41-34 win over Narbonne Harbor in the SoCal open division title game.
He carried seven times for 33 yards in Centennial’s 48-24 loss to De La Salle in the state open division championship.
Watson had offers from BYU, Washington State, Nevada and Fresno State, among others, according to Rivals.