Live Evaluation: 2014 QB DeShaun Watson

DeShaun Watson had 370 yards of total offense against Kell in round two of the playoffs and this 2014 Clemson commitment played his best in pressure moments.

  • Prospect: Deshaun Watson
  • Hometown: Gainesville, Ga.
  • High School: Gainesville
  • Class: 2014
  • Position: Quarterback
  • Size: 6-3/180
  • Ranking on Scout: No. 14 QB | No. 204 Overall
  • Recruiting Notes: Committed to Clemson when he was a sophomore and he remains a Tiger at this time. Schools like Auburn and Florida State have offered and he will likely visit other schools, but he told Scout Friday night that his commitment to CU was strong.

    The game Scout watched Watson play in was Gainesville vs. Kell on November 23.

    Scouting Report: Watson was asked to do a lot in this game by head coach Bruce Miller and he delivered.

    He finished with 212 yards passing completing 73 percent of his passes and throwing for three scores. He added another 158 yards on the ground and two more touchdowns. He missed a couple of open receivers over the middle when the ball sailed on him, but other than those two, he was very efficient.

    When throwing the ball, he threw with a nice high delivery, he made quick decisions, and he rarely threw into traffic. He still has some work to with his footwork and it would be nice to see him throw some more intermediate and deeper balls down the field, and go through his progressions, but he does what he is asked to do in the Gainesville spread offense. Most of his throws are three to 10 yards with some screens mixed in.

    As a runner, he was very impressive. He will need to learn how to protect himself more over time, but he got a lot of yards after contact in this contest. He carried it 29 times and he wasn't looking to get out of bounds. He has great mobility and athleticism for a quarterback. He is not a burner, but faster than most signal callers.

    Overall, Watson just continues to mature as a quarterback. He still has some things to work on when talking mechanics and when looking him over as a true pocket passer, it is hard to in the offense he plays in, but he does exactly what is expected of him in the offense, and he is playing with a high level of confidence. He made some crucial throws and runs in this game, especially in the second half when he led Gainesville on three consecutive scoring drives in the third quarter to take a 42-35 lead. When his team needed him, he made the play.

    Stock: Up. Watson has really matured as a quarterback and he was very calm under pressure in this game. He has become more of a leader, he made good decisions, and he will be one of the top quarterback recruits in the 2014 class.

    Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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