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.
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Get to know Tariq Watson
Power 5 Scholarship Offers: Purdue and Virginia
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.