Live Evaluation: DeShaun Watson

Gainesville High School in Gainesville, Ga. has been producing talented prospects on a regular basis in recent years. Their top 2014 prospect is DeShaun Watson and Scout watched him play last week.

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Prospect: Deshaun Watson
Hometown: Gainesville, Ga.
High School: Gainesville
Position: Quarterback
Size: 6-3/185
Class: 2014
Ranking on Scout: N/A
Recruiting: Committed to Clemson, but still taking visits and looking around. He watched Tennessee in the Georgia Dome last week and he is looking at Auburn, Florida State, and others too.

Live evaluation came from West Forsyth-Gainesville game played Thursday Aug. 30.

Gainesville jumped out to a lead, fell behind, and made a big comeback before losing the game 32-30. The game was like a roller-coaster and that is similar to Watson's play in this game.

He finished with 304 yards passing, another 60 yards rushing, and four touchdowns in the loss.

Scouting Report

The Good: As a quarterback, he has good size, he can see the field well, and he has the frame to continue to add good weight. He throws the ball with a flick of the wrist and he does not put a lot of stress on the shoulder when he releases the football. He throws with plenty of velocity and he has shown he can throw with touch as well. He does a very good job of keeping his eyes down the field when rolling outside the pocket as well. The ability to run, extend a play, and get yards with his legs make him that much more dangerous as well.

Areas he can Improve: He has some things to work on and one of those is his footwork. He needs to improve on setting his feet when throws, to use his lower body when delivering a pass, and to square his shoulders when he gets ready to throw the football. His accuracy is on point at times, then he can be a little off. That is what he was in this game and his footwork can really help him become more of an accurate passer. He can lock in on a receiver too, so he needs to work on looking off the coverage before releasing the football. The overall footwork is the biggest area he can improve on and that will help him on multiple levels.

Overall: Some want to look at Watson as an athlete first, then a quarterback, that is not the case. He is a quarterback and that is what he will play on the next level unless something changes drastically. He has a strong arm, a very quick release, he is athletic enough to extend plays, and he still has a lot of room to improve. He just needs to work on his footwork and decision making and that will really elevate his game as a signal caller. He has a lot of upside and potential at this position.


Watson projects as a Scout300 prospect and four-star quarterback on Scout. He will be a top 20 prospect in the state of Georgia and he could challenge for a top 10 quarterback in the Southeast next year. He is a very versatile quarterback that can make the throws, move outside the pocket, and he looks an ideal quarterback to play in a zone-read/spread type of offense. Top Stories