Tulsa confirms addition of Missouri RB Anthony Watkins to its roster


Once again, Tulsa has pulled in a Power Five football transfer.  Officially added, we should state.

In a tweet, Anthony Watkins announced late last month that he has committed to Tulsa and will continue his football career with the AAC school.  The erstwhile Missouri running back had entered the NCAA transfer database in mid-April.

Late this past week, the Golden Hurricane confirmed the running back’s addition to the roster in a release.  It’s expected that Watkins will have to sit out the 2020 season.  That would leave him with three years of eligibility starting with the 2021 season.

Watkins was a three-star member of the Missouri football Class of 2019.  Baylor and Texas Tech were the Texas native’s only other Power Five offers.

In his lone appearance as a true freshman, Watkins ran for 19 yards on six carries.

Watkins is the fourth Power Five transfer added by the Golden Hurricane this offseason.

Way back in January, Tulsa reeled in a trio of Power Five football transfers.  Two were former Texas A&M football players — linebacker Brian Johnson and running back Deneric Prince — while one was from Oklahoma State — tight end Grayson Boomer.

Tulsa is coming off a 4-8 football campaign.  That marked the third straight losing season for the Golden Hurricane since they won 10 games in 2016.  In bringing back Montgomery for a sixth season, though, the program made it clear that it’s a bowl game or bust in 2020.  Whether the pandemic alters that mindset remains to be seen.