Clemson has had a solid verbal commitment from the nation’s top dual-threat quarterback, Deshaun Watson (Gainesville, Ga. Gainesville HS) since 2012, but that hasn’t stopped other schools from pursuing him.
Watson is coveted by Urban Meyer who would love nothing more than to flip Watson and have him be the successor to Braxton Miller at Ohio State. He is also receiving a lot of attention from Oregon where he would be an ideal fit in their spread offense.
With two of the premier programs in the nation chasing after the crown jewel of Dabo Swinney’s 2014 recruiting class it’s a reasonable assertion to think that Swinney and Tigers fans should feel a little nervous about Watson potentially decommitting.
I wouldn’t blame them for feeling a little queasy knowing that Meyer is refusing to stop recruiting Watson despite his longstanding commitment to the program, but that’s just the type of recruiter that he is and likely always will be. This just opens up a wound that may not have healed yet after last year’s top overall player, Robert Nkemdiche decommitted from the program last fall.
The thought of Watson stepping in for Tajh Boyd after this season is a fantastic thought, but I caution Clemson fans to not get too comfortable until signing day even though he does love the offense.
Oregon fans would love to remind Clemson how the Tigers flipped Boyd days before signing day when he gave a verbal commitment to the Ducks, so if Clemson is on the wrong end of that happening this signing day, they better hope they were in the BCS Championship Game–which could happen—to soften the blow.
In this case however, I think this is one where Meyer loses out and Watson remains a mad of his word and serves as the heir apparent to Boyd at Clemson.
Over the past two seasons, the 6-4, 200-pound Watson has thrown for 7,275 yards and 91 touchdown passes while rushing for 2,514 yards and 40 touchdowns.