One more step for Watson

Even though Deshaun Watson already signed his financial aid agreement papers with Clemson, he participated in a signing ceremony on Thursday.

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CUTigers spoke with Gainesville High School coach Bruce Miller after the event Watson shared with teammate Devan Stringer, who's headed to Appalachian State to play linebacker.

"We just had them sign together, kind of had the parents in at the school," Miller said. "Kids got out of class, met in our atrium and watched it. But it was kind of, I guess, the final thing to do before those two go off to school in January."

The ceremony was relatively low key.

"Deshaun has been one of those kinds, things are never about Deshaun," Miller said. "He has been focused on getting ready for tomorrow night. Even though it's the first-round, we ended up drawing a team in the first-round, so we've been getting ready for it."

Gainesville plays M.L. King in the first-round of the Georgia AAAAA playoffs. Among the players on King's roster -- four-star senior cornerback Wesley Green and four-star junior defensive end Arden Key.

"[Watson] was going to come up tonight, to the [Clemson] game. But he decided, since we have a game tomorrow night, he'd wait and come up next weekend," Miller said

The Red Elephants enter the playoffs wit ha 9-1 record. Watson, as one might imagine, is playing pretty well, too.

"For the season, he's right at 3,000 yards passing. Last week was the game of his life. I've never seen a kid have 221 yards rushing and 264 yards passing in a game," Miller said.

That was a 55-45 win over Flowery Branch.

As a senior, Watson has completed 210 of 301 passes for 2,791 yards with 37 touchdowns and four interceptions. He's rushed 80 times for 698 yards and nine touchdowns.

"Deshaun's one of those kinds, he's been good for so long that you have to look for small improvements," Miller said. "Nothing just jumps out at you, but his reading of the defenses this year, his command of the game on the field has gotten better and better."

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