June 13, 2024

Three-star running back Reid Watkins, who was previously committed to Tulsa, is now set to join the Texas Longhorns as a preferred walk-on. Watkins, from Fort Worth All Saints, switched his commitment to Texas after being accepted into the university. The 5’11”, 195-pound running back had offers from several schools, including Bethune-Cookman, Brown, Colgate, Houston, Navy, New Mexico State, and Troy, and also had preferred walk-on opportunities at Rice, TCU, and UTSA.

Rated as a three-star prospect by On3 and Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, Watkins is capitalizing on a walk-on spot made available by the transfer of running back Ky Woods, who committed to Nevada. Although Watkins had other FBS offers and shares a similar profile to past Texas walk-ons who earned scholarships, such as linebackers Luke Brockermeyer and Jett Bush, the running back position at Texas may not offer the same potential for advancement.

Three-star RB Reid Watkins commits to Texas as a walk on - Burnt Orange  Nation

Watkins, who transferred to All Saints from Brock, boasts impressive athleticism with a reported 4.52 40-yard dash, 4.17 shuttle, and 35-inch vertical leap. Junior Colin Page from Austin Anderson is the other walk-on currently on the Texas roster.

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