The running back position at Wisconsin has produced some college football’s most iconic names. Starting with Ron Dayne, who plowed through opponents in the 90’s, the position has carried weight throughout the country. More recent legends include single-season touchdown king Montee Ball and Heisman trophy finalist Melvin Gordon. These two among myriad others have made the Badgers’ rushing attack one of the most dominant forces in all of college football. Nakia Watson will try and add to that legacy.

Watson is the Badgers’ 11th verbal commit for 2018. Click here for the rest of the 2018 class.

The Texas native committed to the Badgers Saturday via Twitter and is another recruit in the class of 2018 for head coach Paul Chryst. Watson is the classic example of how out of state teams can benefit for the talent saturation in Texas. He was relatively under-recruited by Big 12 area teams despite being first-team all district as a Junior. The Badgers were his first major Division 1 offer and he jumped at it.  Highlight tapes are obviously a compilation of a player’s best plays, but it is difficult to watch his clips and not be impressed by the way he manhandles his peers. He is listed at 6’0″, 223 pounds, and with his speed and explosiveness there are probably many high school DB’s losing sleep thinking about him in the open field.

The Badgers have a history of utilizing big backs in their punishing run game. A player like John Clay was a huge runner who gave teams fits during the Badger’s back to back Rose Bowl runs. Those are big shoes for Watson to try and fill and he will have plenty of competition for carries once he sets foot on campus, but either way this is a huge recruiting win for Paul Chryst.