Posted: 11:50 a.m. Monday, April 8, 2013
By Michael Carvell
The state’s top college football prospect at quarterback is committed to Clemson, but says he plans to visit UGA and Ohio State this summer.
DeShaun Watson is a 6-foot-3, 200-pound junior who led Gainesville High School to a state championship last year in football. Watson is ranked as a 5-star recruit by Rivals and holds the state’s career records for passing yards and touchdown passes with one season left to play.
“I’m still committed to Clemson, but I’m still looking around at Ohio State and UGA right now; it’s between those three,” Watson told Rivals on Sunday at the Atlanta Rivals Series camp presented by Under Armour.
What does Watson like about UGA? “Just the way they run the offense, and the way Coach Richt coaches his team,” Watson said. “I’ve always been kind of a fan of UGA. It’s just down the street from my hometown. They’ve got a good relationship with my mom, and I just want to keep them in it, too.”
And Ohio State? "I've always been inerested in Urban Meyer and what he does on offense ... I haven't visited the campus yet, but I'm going to go up there this summer and see what's it like."
Watson said he hasn’t had time to visit colleges because he was a member of Gainesville’s basketball team which made appearance in last month’s state championship game. Then, Watson went on spring break. Since returning, he has been training for prospect camps and his team’s spring practices. He will have some free time this summer to tour campuses.
Watson is the state’s best QB prospect out of Georgia since Cam Newton, the former 5-star from Westlake High School.
He's the only QB that UGA has offered for 2014.