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FSU trying to get a visit from Watson

8/23/2012

Since February 1, or national signing day for the class of 2012, DeShaun Watson (Gainesville, Ga./Gainesville) has been committed to Clemson.

At 6-foot-2, 175 pounds, the 2014 quarterback has garnered some of the most prestigious offers despite his commitment to the Tigers. And in mid-July, Florida State joined in with an offer of their own.

"It is a great honor to have them recruit me and I told them I am interested in them and I want to go visit them this season and see what their campus and their school is about," Watson said.

The Seminoles would love for Watson to be able to visit them in week four when they play, unsurprisingly, Clemson.

Those plans aren't finalized yet. Watson still has plenty of logistics to worry about including his own high school schedule and travel plans.

"That's what they want me to go to," he said. "The coaches want me to come down to that game because it is going to be real crazy. But I am not sure yet. I have to check out my schedule.

"First I would looking at the academics and then the campus life. The facilities, the coaches and how the players like it there and how comfortable they are."

The Tigers do have plenty going for them in Watson's recruitment besides the obvious fact they've earned a commitment early.

Gainesville, Ga. turns out to be really close to the school, and the offense that Clemson runs is similar to what Watson features in now. He thinks it won't be too tough of a transition.

"I just have a great relationship with all the coaches at Clemson," Watson mentioned. "The campus is very close to my hometown, just an hour away. It just feels very at home and I just like the atmosphere of the game.

"Everything that they do is the same thing that we do at my high school. We run a spread system. Our coaches are very close to Coach [Dabo] Swinney and Coach [Chad] Morris so they get some things from them. If I stay committed to them, I would jump into the same system just more high-tech."

Either way, Watson is firm to Clemson for now. And whether or not he would consider flipping to a school like Florida State hinges on a visit.

And that trip would have to be a good one.

"It is going to take a lot for me to change my decision," Watson said. "I just have to get down there and see how I really like it."