It appears the Wisconsin Badgers coaching staff again is looking out of state for some running backs for the 2018 class.
RB Nakia Watson
According to MaxPreps, the Texas product ran for 1,648 yards (6.4 yards per carry) and 22 rushing touchdowns.
Watching Watson’s Hudl highlight film, his ability to break tackles and bounce off defenders is immediately evident. 247Sports lists him at 5’11, 212 pounds, with Rivals at 6’0, 220 pounds, so he has the frame to accumulate yards after contact easily.
Watson also shows the ability to make receptions out of the backfield. Combine that with what appears to be the speed to not have defenders catch him in the open field and he’s an intriguing, under-the-radar prospect.
RB Abraham Alce
Alce tweeted news of his offer last Friday.
The lord had a plan for us to go ski diving today, so we jumped on this Offer.....from Wisconsin pic.twitter.com/DD43ycW8lF— abraham alce (@boss_abraham) May 12, 2017
Ranked a three-star recruit by Rivals, he is listed at 6’0, 238 pounds with offers from Wisconsin, Pitt, South Florida, Bowling Green and Akron, four of the five coming in May. He has also competed at an Under Armour All-American camp in March and the Opening Regional in Miami in February.
Alce’s Hudl film shows the young back possessing the agility to make defenders miss, either with a juke, a quick cut step, or some downhill speed (and appears to fall forward). Like Watson, his film shows an ability to catch passes as well.
American Heritage should be a familiar name for Wisconsin recruiting fans, as UW’s coaching staff has offered in the past class of 2018 standouts Andrew Chatfield, Anthony Schwartz, Calvin Hart, and 2017 recruit James Houston.