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Tight end Tre Watson traveled a long distance to be part of Nebraska’s Junior Day on Saturday. The New Mexico native came to Lincoln with his mom and dad before receiving a scholarship offer from Nebraska. He felt the trip was worth the time.
— Tre Watson™️ (@tr3watson) January 26, 2020
“It was nice,” Watson said. ”It’s a very nice school. The coaches are very personable. They don’t lie and [they] tell you the truth. The tradition at Nebraska is crazy. It’s different.”
The chance to visit a Big Ten school was too good of an opportunity to pass up for the 6-foot-5, 205-pound tight end. Interacting with the Nebraska staff in person could open things up for him and he was happy he did.
“It definitely surpassed expectations,” Watson said. “I didn’t think it’d be anything like this. It was my first time seeing it. Everything was bigger and a lot more advanced than I thought.”
The pass-catchers’ parents enjoyed Nebraska just like he did. The family was able to tour the current facilities and learn about the future setup. The coaching staff gave a message of what they are looking forward to with the future of the program. Watson also got some one on one time with coaches.
“Coach Beckton, the tight ends coach, and Coach Haines, the assistant tight ends coach. I spoke with them the most,” he said. “Those are the ones that helped me get out here along with Coach [director of player personnel] Sean Dillon.”
Watson is still building his relationship with Beckton but was thankful for getting to spend time with him on Saturday. The pair will stay in contact with Beckton scheduled to visit New Mexico this spring. The Cleveland High star doesn’t have any other visits planned currently but knows what he is looking for in a future school.
“The people, if it’s family oriented,” he said. “Also, how I would affect the program by making a difference in the program.”
He currently holds scholarship offers from Columbia, New Mexico and New Mexico State early on in his recruitment.
>> Defensive backs coach Travis Fisher is on the lookout for more Florida prospects this cycle.
— Travis Fisher (@CoachTFisher) January 27, 2020
>> Walker Howard, a priority 2022 quarterback, picked up an offer from Baylor.
— Walker Howard (@Walker_Howard4) January 26, 2020
>> Kansas running back Devin Neal visiting Nebraska last weekend. This weekend he went to Kansas and picked up an offer.
— Devin Neal🗝🕳 (@Dev_Neal23) January 27, 2020
>> One of the top safeties in the South for 2021 Kamren Kinchens included the Huskers in his recent top 10.
They ain’t picture me This way they tried to crop me out 💙💛 pic.twitter.com/MNyjjzHVUE
— Kamren Kinchens5️⃣ (@KKinchens5) January 25, 2020
>> Derek Peterson used his weekly column to reflect on how Kobe Bryant will continue to inspire after his tragic passing.
>> We continue to bring you reaction (Premium) from recruits who attended Junior Day by getting thoughts from two priority defensive targets. Linebacker Seth Malcom and defensive lineman Ru’Quan Buckley spoke with Hail Varsity about their visits.
>> The Scoring the Huskers series continues with a look at the offensive line.
>> The High School Roundup is back to look at avenged losses, overtimes and recruiting news.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.