QB DeShaun Watson is “85 percent committed” to Clemson

Who is the state of Georgia’s top college football prospect for 2014?

One of the top candidates is DeShaun Watson, an electrifying QB from Gainesville High School who committed to Clemson over 10 early football scholarship offers last season as a sophomore.

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Watson will be on display when Gainesville plays West Forsyth in a game that will be televised at 7:30 p.m. Thursday on WSB-TV 2.2 and Me-TV.

After landing the state's No. 1 prospect this year with Robert Nkemdiche, Clemson also has secured one of the state's best for 2014 in QB DeShaun Watson of Gainesville (AP)

A Georgia recruiting trophy? After landing the state's No. 1 prospect this year with Robert Nkemdiche, Clemson also has secured one of the state's best for 2014 in QB DeShaun Watson of Gainesville (AP)

“He’s excellent, he may be the best quarterback I’ve ever seen,” West Forsyth coach Frank Hepler said “I watched him last week against Creekview, and he’s much bigger than I thought he would be.  He’s a tremendous talent. “I saw a lot of great quarterbacks down in Florida through my years, and then over the years in Georgia I’ve seen some good ones. DeShaun Watson may be the best we’ve seen. He’s pretty amazing.”

Watson is a dual-threat quarterback who put up Nintendo-like numbers as a sophomore: He passed for 3,251 yards and 41 touchdowns with 6 interceptions, while rushing for 1,073 yards and 16 touchdowns on the way to leading Gainesville to the state semifinals.

“He’s a special, special quarterback,” Gainesville coach Bruce Miller said. “He’s the total package, as far as a quarterback is concerned. He’s got the physical attributes. He’s got the smartness. He’s got the overall understanding of the game. He can run, he can throw and he can even punt – he’s just such a good overall athlete.”

Watson was spotted by Clemson as a freshman, offered before his sophomore season, and committed to the Tigers on signing day last February. He also claims offers from Auburn, Ohio State, Tennessee, USC, Florida, Vanderbilt, UCF and NC State.

Why did he commit so early? “They’re not getting a quarterback in 2013, so there’s a big gap between me and the 2012 quarterback they’ve got. Clemson is close to home, and I like the offense and the atmosphere.”

Where does his Clemson commitment stand? “Right now, it’s probably at 85 percent because I have two more years and anything can change or happen. I want to take some more visits and make sure I made the right decision and 100 percent with Clemson. So I’d say 85 percent with Clemson right now. It would take a lot for a school to change my decision.”

After landing the state's No. 1 prospect this year with Robert Nkemdiche, Clemson also has secured one of the state's best for 2014 in QB DeShaun Watson of Gainesville (247sports.com)

QB DeShaun Watson is "85 percent" committed to Clemson (247sports.com)

What about UGA and Georgia Tech? Watson said he’s had limited contact with UGA. “There’s a little interest, but it would take a lot for me to let them recruit me.” He said he was thankful for an offer from Georgia Tech but wasn’t interested because “I don’t want to run the Triple Option.”

Watson follows in the footsteps of another Gainesville star at QB, Blake Sims, who signed with Alabama in 2010 and hasn’t been seen much since. How does Watson and Sims compare?

“I knew you would ask me that,” Miller said with a laugh. “Here’s what I tell people all the time: Blake was a better athlete. He was faster and he was a better athlete. Blake can play anywhere on the field at anytime, and I’m surprised they haven’t found a place for him at Alabama to play on a more consistent basis. “I think DeShaun is a better quarterback. He has been with us since the seventh grade and he understand what we’re trying to do on offense. It’s just incredible to watch him at work out there. Clemson loves him, their coaches said he may be one of the top five quarterbacks in the nation next year.”

Top prospects in Thursday game

  • *DeShaun Watson, QB, Jr.., 6-3, 195, Gainesville HS, committed to Clemson
  • Caleb Hayman, WR-TE, Sr., 6-2, 210, Gainesville HS, committed to South Alabama
  • Fred Payne, FS, Sr., 5-11, 180, Gainesville HS, committed to Western Carolina
  • Mohamed Camara, LB, Sr., 6-2, 210, West Forsyth, committed to South Carolina
  • Ty Anderson, TE, Sr., 6-4, 220, West Forsyth, offer from Jacksonville State
  • Jake Wieczorek, RB-WR, Sr., 6-0, 190, West Forsyth, offer from Johns Hopkins
  • *Andrew Marshall, OL, Jr., 6-5, 255, West Forsyth, offers from South Carolina and Auburn




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26 comments Add your comment


August 29th, 2012
7:47 pm

Alot of what? Money? “Love”? Pfft. Good luck at CU.


August 29th, 2012
9:12 pm

Best qb in Ga. And we don’t even look at him just watch him tomorrow night and see why we can’t get the Ga players.

A person SMART enough to know.....

August 29th, 2012
10:00 pm

Randall "Pink" Floyd

August 30th, 2012
2:19 am

Raekwan McMillan will be the state’s #1 player next year.

The Antiricht

August 30th, 2012
4:07 am

Somebody please explain to me how Clemson pulls great athletes year after year. Never mind who the Coach is. They just keep gravitating to Clemson. What is the attraction?

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Hiram Abiff

August 30th, 2012
10:08 am

He is good but the guy at Monroe-Albany is good too….same class


August 30th, 2012
10:20 am


August 30th, 2012
10:31 am

I respect him not wanting to run GT’s offense, but why isn’t UGA going after him.


August 30th, 2012
11:16 am

UGA is fine at quarterback, with plenty of depth and incoming talent. They can’t go for every single GA player every single year.


August 30th, 2012
11:55 am

GT cannot get near this kid because CPJ (aka Mr. stubborn) has come out on more than one occasion and said, “we’ll never thrown the ball 30 times per game”, in fact he repeated it this week to Jeff Schultz .

This is WHY CPJ cannot get Recruits like this guy or McCrary (headed to Vandy) or Jennings (headed to L$U).

The dual threat QBs out of Ga that can really pass the ball don’t consider CPJ & his gimmicky offense because CPJ won’t adapt in any way.

He’s avg. 13 passes per game over the entire 4-yr. tenure at GT.

That kind of passing will get you 2nd rate guys out of New Jersey instead of the elite Guys out of Ga. that “might” become the next RG-III.

Thanks again for nothing CPJ, your Recruiting is killing this Program slowly.

tide roll

August 30th, 2012
2:31 pm

ANTHONY JENNINGS IS THE BEST QUARTERBACK IN THE STATE. And get this, he put up his numbers last year playing with a torn cartiledge injury suffered in the first game. 6′2″ 210 annd still growing (size 15 shoe}. and no offer from Richt. No wonder UGa is so mediore.

Big Crimson 75

August 30th, 2012
2:35 pm

TR — Can Sab’s call it or what??
We were on Ty Jones long before anyone else.
The kid is gonna upset Nkemdiche for Ga POY!!


August 30th, 2012
2:58 pm

tide roll, why didn’t your school, GT, get him?

Big JimYbic

August 30th, 2012
3:16 pm

AJ Erdely, QB, SR. 6-4,195 West Forsyth , commited to Middle Tennesse State

oakwood dawg

August 30th, 2012
5:13 pm

Watson “it would take a lot for me to let them(uga) recruit me”. Guess what big head– UGA doesn”t want you. CMR looks for pro style quarterbacks and you don’t fit that mold. You may be great at Clemson but you will never be as good a passer as Brice Ramsey and if you both stay healthy until draft time, Ramsey will go higher than you if you are even drafted at all.

Tide Roll's Tutor

August 30th, 2012
6:51 pm

I want Richt selecting UGA’s quarterbacks rather than you Tide Roll. Notice how classy Jennings handled the situation with UGA- no hard feelings, he knew the Dogs were only taking one this class. Jennings wound up committing to a good school also.

Dawg Tired

August 30th, 2012
6:54 pm

Wow! He’s 85% “committed.” I think I’ll try that one on my wife. On second thought, I don’t think that would be in my best interest.

Tyler Harris

August 30th, 2012
6:55 pm

2014, Pierce County HS, rated by some as the top pro style QB in the nation in his class. If the Dogs recruit a QB next year, this may be the one.

The Truth

August 30th, 2012
11:12 pm

Not sure if UGA wants Vandy, Carolina or BYU!

Brown Dog

August 31st, 2012
7:46 am

Michael, so Blake Sims has disappeared? You mean in the manner of UGA’s reserve QBs and running backs?

Why don’t we give it a little time and see what the season brings.


August 31st, 2012
9:45 am

Georgia is only interested so that he won’t come to Stanford Stadium and beat them. Georgia isn’t known for QB’s and hasn’t developed any QB since MR has been there. Stafford was good when he showed up at the campus, and when he left, he wasn’t much better.


August 31st, 2012
11:23 pm

Right John, thats why the Detroit coaches stated Stafford was the most “NFL ready” QB they had seen…footwork, form, etc. …nice try though…I’m not really concerned about locking up a 2014 QB right now…Dogs are deep at QB and I’m sure more are coming…Brice Ramsey still has another year of high school, will be in Athens next year…go dogs


September 1st, 2012
2:44 pm

Someone needs to inform this “student” athlete that “85%” and “committed” are mutually exclusive in this context.

Dawg gone it

September 4th, 2012
1:46 pm

Saw this kid at UGA Dawg Night and he is so OVER-RATED!! He made horrible decisions in 7 on 7 and 1 on 1 drills and did not stand out as one of the best QBs in the nation, much less one of the best QBs in Athens that night. A college coach once said that a quarterback is the most missed position in the recruiting process. Too many colleges get wrapped up in stars and rankings and this kid is surely one of those.

If not CPJ than who? - Page 7

September 6th, 2012
3:06 pm

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