From many, there will be one. And while there’s still no guarantee contending athletes will win their own state at this point in the season, a number of elite performers are making a case for Gatorade National Football Player of the Year consideration. Here’s the scoop on the latest top candidate.
Senior running back, Centennial (Calif.)
Greatness Present: There’s a difference between projection and production, and Tre Watson will take the latter every day and twice on Friday nights. The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder is just the 45th-ranked running back in the nation, but he ranks among the national leaders with 1,186 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns on 132 carries (8.9 avg.) through just five games for perennial powerhouse Centennial (3-2).
In the second game of the season, Watson ran roughshod over rival St. Bonaventure (Ventura, Calif.), scampering for a single-game school record of 466 yards and seven touchdowns in a 69-55 win.
Through five games as a senior, Watson has nearly eclipsed his rushing totals through 15 games as a junior (163-1,483-22).
Greatness Past: Watson caught the game-winning reception in Centennial’s 41-34 win over Narbonne (Harbor City, Calif.) in the 2012 CIF Open Division regional championship game last season, producing 74 total yards of offense along with a rushing touchdown.
He rushed for at least 100 yards in a game nine times as a junior.
Greatness Future: Watson has verbally committed to play football at the University of California.
Make no mistake: The Gatorade National Football Player of the Year races aren’t over, and the National POY race is now heating up. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list.Check back for daily updates on the top contenders making their case.