Leaderboard: Gainesville’s Watson challenged by cousin in passing race

Deshaun Watson of Gainesville is trying to lead the state in passing for the second consecutive season. If he fails, he might have family to blame.

Watson leads the state with 1,865 passing yards. His cousin, Devin Watson of East Hall, is second at 1,668, according to statistics received by Georgia coaches, statisticians and media.

“Deshaun is taller, Devin is quicker,” East Hall coach Bryan Gray said. “Both rely on the quick passing game, feet and a strong arm when needed. … I believe it is only a matter of time before he is noticed by everyone. You do not throw for almost 400 yards against North Hall and rush for another 50 or so and stay hidden too long.”

Devin, a junior, is 5 feet, 10 inches. Deshaun is 6-4. Devin is only now getting a chance to show off his passing skills. As a sophomore, East Hall was more of an option-based team.

“Once we developed the wide receivers and his understanding of the passing game, he has really started to blossom,” Gray said. “Devin is a wonderful kid, very polite, strong leader. This, tied with ability to interact with anyone, really makes the kid special.”

Below is a state leaderboard for rushing, passing and receiving. To publish weekly leaders, we rely on coaches and statisticians to keep up updated. Please let us know of any omissions. Special thanks to the Georgia Sports Writers Association for helping create this list.

Rushing

1,532 – Nick Chubb, Cedartown

1,357 – Kawon Bryant, North Oconee

1,157 – Jamar Smith, Toombs County

1,071 – Stanley Williams, George Walton Academy

1,057 – Joshua Bettistea, Allatoona

1,014 – Adam Choice, Thomas County Central

966 – Mike Rogers, Campbell

909 – Michael Sutton, Emanuel County Institute

907 – Deion Sellers, Cedar Grove

889 – Tra Hardy, Vidalia

833 – James Brown, Emanuel County Institute

826 – Jordan Ellis, Peachtree Ridge

824 – Tyler Epps, Southeast Bulloch

824 – Mecole Hardman, Elbert County

817 – Stanton Truitt, Monroe Area

815 – Shannon Brooks, Pickens

813 – Mikell Landis-Davis, Alexander

813 – Christian Wofford, Whitewater

788 – Ty Clemons, McEachern

783 – Brandon Robertson, dutchtown

776 – K.K. Brooks, Walton

761 – Keion Davis, Hughes

756 – Charles Shavers, Shiloh

752 – Kwan Brooks, Monroe Area

745 – Esaias Chapman, Harris County

744 – Nick Scott, Bryan County

Passing

1,865 – Deshaun Watson, Gainesville

1,668 – Devin Watson, East Hall

1,641 – Tyler Harris, Pierce County

1,497 – Spencer Ashley, Cherokee

1,430 – Trevor Brown, Christian Heritage

1,426 – D.J. Pearson, Northview

1,367 – Keenan Moore, Jackson (Atlanta)

1,341 – Brooks Barden, Cartersville

1,330 – Trae Harrington, Charlton County

1,305 – Tyler Herman, Collins Hill

1,280 – Chance Thrasher, Peachtree Ridge

1,277 – Chandler Burks, South Paulding

1,248 – Will Anderson, Lassiter

1,232 – Price Wilson, Walton

1,214 – Michael Peterson, Calvary Day

1,284 – Joseph Mancuso, Union County

1,217 – Jacob Lewis, Jackson County

1,197 – Kyle Wilkie, Creekview

1,189 – Greg Williams, Peach County

1,170 – Brandon Pearson, Drew

1,162 – Daniel Mobley, Colquitt County

1,158 – Kevin Johnson, Pace Academy

1,145 – Bradley Dewberry, Eagle’s Landing

1,134 – Tyree Paulk, Coffee

1,125 – Stephen Collier, Lee County

1,129 – Justin Agner, Woodstock

1,122 – Chase Noonan, North Paulding

1,121 – Roland Rivers, M.L. King

1,117 – Conner Holliday, Hebron Christian

1,082 – Hayden Sphire, North Gwinnett

1,072 – Elijah Staley, Wheeler

1,032 – Tyler Sellers, Locust Grove

1,021 – Elijah Ironside, Hillgrove

Receiving

752 – Nich Bartley, Christian Heritage

733 – Blace Brown, Cherokee

703 – Nathan Waller, St. Francis

696 – Jay Gaudlock, Gainesville

602 – Matty Biondich, Northview

599 – Krenwick Sanders, Wayne County

595 – Tyler Gibson, Peach County

556 – Orenzo Smith, Jackson (Atlanta)

536 – Christian Robinson, Centennial

531 – Brandon Norwood, Cedar Grove

504 – Quincy Perdue, Lassiter

500 – Xavier Harper, Jackson County

496 – Reagan Amos, Woodstock

496 – Quin Tisdol, Wilcox County

492 – Tydus Curtis, Calhoun

488 – Rodney Lackey, Gainesville

466 – Jacob Rogers, Union County

463 – Jacob Harper, Hebron Christian

458 – Joe Corless, Statesboro

451 – L.J. Pope, South Paulding

445 – Noah O’Neal, Fannin County

437 – Justin Drake, Locust Grove

423 – Kameron Uter, Pace Academy

420 – Julian Burris, Kell

413 – Nate Brown, North Gwinnett

410 – Alex Edmonds, Fellowship Christian

404 – Micah Stewart, Lithonia

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4 comments Add your comment

LakeDawg

October 11th, 2013
9:34 am

Devin Watson really impressed me last Friday. I knew he was putting up some numbers, but didn’t realize he was that good. Very accurate, good feet in the pocket, goes through his progressions very quickly. I watched him hit his 3rd receiver a couple of times within 2 seconds with pressure.

Father_of_Two

October 11th, 2013
11:24 am

Watched Devin Watson play last Friday night at the Brickyard. His timing route passes were absolutely impressive. With his talent, and if they (EHHS) ever establish a decent running game, that team will be back towards the top of 7-AAA contention easily.

itsonlywrite

October 11th, 2013
4:29 pm

someone told me he was close to Deshaun in yards but I didnt believe it… I guess I see now… lol s/o to East Hall!!!

#ELEPHANTNATION

Coach AJ

October 12th, 2013
12:32 am

Going into tonight Alpharetta High School had 2 receivers that should be on this list. Daniel Clements has 636 yds. and Andre Harton has 515 yds.