Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Ohio State 2014 snapshot: QB Watson
By Brad Bournival
Ohio State is doing all it can to impress 2014 QB Deshaun Watson.
Throughout the next few months, BuckeyeNation will look further into those juniors offered by Ohio State.
We’ll give as much detail as we can and go behind the scenes to see why these Class of 2014 standouts are so attractive to the Buckeyes.
First on the list offensively -- of course -- is Deshaun Watson, who is the only quarterback offered by Ohio State at this point.
Vitals: Watson (Gainesville, Ga./Gainesville) is 6-foot-3 and 186 pounds.
Status: Though he’s committed to Clemson, Watson was offered by the Buckeyes on July 14.
ESPN.com ranking: He’s an ESPN Watch List quarterback who will be very high on the list when the first ESPN 150 rankings come out.
Numbers game: Watson has thrown for 9,360 yards and 108 touchdowns in three seasons at Gainesville. In leading the Red Elephants to their first state title last season, Watson threw for 4,024 yards and 50 touchdowns last season. He carried the ball 221 times for 1,441 yards and scored 24 times as well.
State of the position: Heisman Trophy candidate Braxton Miller still has two years left with the Buckeyes. Should he stick around and if Watson were to switch allegiances to Ohio State, he would pick up one incredible year of learning under Miller and Urban Meyer. Other than that, Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett would be the other quarterbacks in the fold. Ohio State is trying very hard to get Watson on campus as he hasn’t visited the Buckeyes yet.
What has caught Ohio State’s eye: Watson already operates out of the shotgun and is a dual-threat quarterback, making him an instant fit in Ohio State’s spread offense. His height makes it easy for him to see over the offensive line and his on-the-field presence makes him a threat every time he touches the ball. What has some scouts going gaga is his ability to stay in control during pressure situations. Add that to the ease in which he moves around in the pocket and that elusiveness could make the loss of Miller a little less painful should Watson choose the Buckeyes. There are very few negative things to be said about this sure-to-be five-star quarterback.
What he has said about the Buckeyes: “Ohio State’s offer means a lot. They really have interest in me and what I can do. Getting recruited by one of the best coaches ever in Urban Meyer is great.I’m still committed to Clemson, but I’m still young and have a long time before I sign any papers, so I’m going to go places I’ve never been and enjoy the recruitment because it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”