Washington continued to supplement the 2024 roster through the transfer portal today earning a commitment from Fresno State transfer Tight End Tre Watson. He has one more year of eligibility remaining.
The ties between Washington and the 6’5 and 245 pound tight end are obvious. Watson originally committed to Kalen DeBoer at Fresno State before DeBoer took the job with the Huskies. He was a 3-star prospect coming out of high school in Rio Rancho, New Mexico and chose the Bulldogs over only other Group of 5 or FCS offers.
In Watson’s freshman season with DeBoer and Grubb still at Fresno State he had 10 catches for 134 yards. His numbers backslid a little in a new system with just 8 catches for 80 yards as a sophomore. But Watson became one of the main options for new QB Mikey Keene this year and broke out with 38 receptions for 382 yards and 4 touchdowns. His advanced numbers also looked better with career bests in drop rate, missed tackles forced, and pass blocking grade from Pro Football Focus.
Once entering the portal, Watson has reported offers from Houston, Texas A&M, UCLA, California, and West Virginia.
Washington was in the market for another tight end after losing co-starters Jack Westover and Devin Culp to running out of eligibility. The Huskies will return Quentin Moore to likely continue his role as the primary blocking tight end while Watson and Josh Cuevas will split the Westover/Culp snaps from this past season.
The coaching staff pursued a number of tight end options in the portal missing out on Jack Velling (Oregon State to Michigan State), Carsen Ryan (UCLA to Utah), and Holden Staes (Notre Dame to Tennessee). All of those options had multiple years of eligibility remaining but Watson will be a one and done with Washington unless he is forced to redshirt.
Watson becomes the 6th addition through the portal this offseason joining QB Will Rogers (Mississippi St), OL Jack Azzopardi (San Diego St), ED BJ Green II (Arizona St), DL Sebastian Valdez (Montana St), and LB Ethan Barr (Vanderbilt). All But Green have already officially signed.