Name: Deshaun Watson
Hometown: Gainesville, Georgia
High School: Gainesville High School
2013 Stats: As a senior in high school, Watson passed for 4,431 yards and 57 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,057 yards and 14 scores. For his high school career, Watson accumulated 13,077 passing yards and 155 touchdowns. He also had 4,057 yards rushing and 63 touchdowns.
2014 Prediction: Watson enters his first season at Clemson as the No. 2 quarterback. A mid-year enrollee, Watson was in a three-way battle during spring practice with Cole Stoudt and Chad Kelly. Kelly was kicked off the team after the spring game, Stoudt was named the starter and Watson was tabbed as the backup. While some believe Watson won't spend the entire 2014 season as Stoudt's understudy, it wouldn't be a bad place for the former four-star prospect to be during his first full year at Clemson.
Recruiting Background: Watson was a relative unknown in recruiting circles when he arrived to Clemson for camp the summer before his sophomore year at Gainesville. After all, he only had one season of high school ball under his belt. But that didn't stop Chad Morris from offering. After a one-day camp stay, Morris was convinced Watson had the goods. Less than a year later, on Signing Day in 2012, Watson committed to Clemson. It wasn't long before every major program in the country had offered, but Watson remained firm with his commitment to Clemson. Aside from a surprise visit to Auburn the summer before his senior year, it was a drama free process.
Dabo Says: "I don't want to label anybody. I just think he's a pretty good Deshaun Watson. We'll see before we start labeling anybody. I think he's a great young man, a tremendous family. He's been incredibly well coached. Coach [Bruce] Miller and his staff have done a great job. What he does in high school is a perfect fit for what he's going to do here. We've been watching him since the ninth grade. He's been to our camp every year. Just really excited, it's going to be really fun to see this guy perform at this level. I think he's going to be one of those guys, once it's all said and done, just like [Tajh Boyd], he'll leave his mark."
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