Watson Talks Auburn Offer, Big Cat Weekend

2014 quarterback Deshaun Watson discusses his visit to Auburn for Big Cat Weekend and getting an offer from the Tigers.

Gainesville, Ga.—A very early commitment to the Clemson Tigers, 2014 quarterback prospect Deshaun Watson was on the Auburn campus Saturday to take part in Big Cat Weekend with the Tigers.

Getting attention from Coach Gene Chizik and his staff following the trip, Watson said he enjoyed his first experience in getting to see Auburn.

"It went very well," Watson said. "I got to talk to Coach Chizik and the offensive coordinator (Scot Loeffler) and they offered. It was a big day. I enjoyed the visit. I got to see the facility and some of the players. I really enjoyed it.

"I just wanted to see if I made the right choice with Clemson," he added of his reasons for visiting. "I wanted to check it out. It was my first time there. I really enjoyed it. I'm probably going to go back and check it out again for a game."

With offers from Central Florida, North Carolina State and Vanderbilt in addition to Clemson, Watson said getting an offer from Auburn was a big one for him to get and he's hoping to learn more about the program.

"It means a lot with a big SEC school offering me," Watson said. "I have been waiting for one of those schools to offer me and it means a lot.

"I'm still committed to Clemson, but I'm going to check some schools out this summer to make sure I made the right decision," he added. "We'll just see how it goes. I'm going to Georgia, Tennessee, Florida and I'll also go back to Clemson."

Big Cat Weekend is a time of relaxation for recruits and after several months of phone calls and constant talk from coaches many of the visitors said it was nice to just have fun and not worry so much about football. Watson said that was the case for him as well.

"I really enjoyed all the games and all the players coming out with us and having fun," Watson said. "I liked meeting the coaches and watching videos and touring everything. I just really enjoyed it."

A player who has excelled in both running and passing the football his first two seasons at Gainesville, Ga., High, Watson said he enjoyed getting to know more about Loeffler and his style of offense that he'll be bringing to Auburn this year.

"It was nice," Watson said. "Learning the West Coast offense would be something different for me, but it would be a nice challenge if I decided to go there. I'm going to give it a long thought I have two more years. It was nice talking to him."

As a sophomore Watson threw for 3,163 yards and 41 touchdowns and ran for 1,086 yards and 15 more scores.


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