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Wisconsin football recruiting: Badgers offer RBs Nakia Watson, Abraham Alce

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Something to watch for the class of 2018.

Abraham Alce
Abraham Alce
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It appears the Wisconsin Badgers coaching staff again is looking out of state for some running backs for the 2018 class.

Austin, Texas (Westlake) prospect Nakia Watson and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (American Heritage) recruit Abraham Alce recently announced on Twitter that Wisconsin has offered them.

RB Nakia Watson

Ranked a three-star recruit by both 247Sports and Rivals, Watson has received offers from SMU, Bowling Green, Ohio, Nevada, North Texas and Texas State. UW would be his first Power Five offer.

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.

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.