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Minnesota Football Recruiting: Louisiana CB Tariq Watson commits to the Gophers

One of the fastest players in Louisiana is headed north

June is the most wonderful time of the year on the recruiting trail for P.J. Fleck and co. This weekend, the Minnesota Golden Gophers coaching staff struck oil, reeling in a handful of new commitments. The first to grab an oar was Louisiana cornerback Tariq Watson.

Get to know Tariq Watson

Height: 5’10”
Weight: 165

Power 5 Scholarship Offers: Purdue and Virginia

247 Sports Composite Rating: N/A

Scouting Report

Watson is a burner. He competed in the Louisiana Class 4A state track and field championships and recorded a 10.49 100 and a 21.40 200, which earned him third place and second place, respectively, in those competitions. Watson also ran a hand-timed 4.34 40-yard dash when he camped with SMU earlier this month, for which Minnesota coaches were in attendance. His size is probably the biggest knock against his game, but there is a lot to like about his speed, agility, and change-of-direction. Watson has also shown the ability to play both inside and outside, and could see time at cornerback and in the slot at the nickel position.

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