Deshaun Watson, 5-star quarterback according to Rivals.com, is committed to Clemson, and that's not something that's going to change.
Talk about the true meaning of making a commitment, Watson has been committed to Clemson since February of 2012, and despite unofficial visits to Georgia, Florida, Auburn and Florida State, the talented quarterback will not waiver.
Michael Carvell of ajc.com reports on Watson's mind set:
All-world quarterback Deshaun Watson of Gainesville High School is sticking with his longtime commitment to Clemson and told the AJC he will not visit any more colleges.
“I’m 100 percent solid with Clemson,” Watson said on Wednesday. “I’m not going to visit anybody else. I’m just going to focus on Clemson and my high school season. I’m not interested in going to visit anywhere.”
The 6'4", 200-pounder said he reached the decision after discussing the situation with his mother. “I’ve been thinking about it a lot. I talked to my mom, and she said it was fine with her.”
This should be a moment of epic celebration for Clemson fans, especially those who are plugged into the recruiting scene.
Watson has star potential, ranked as the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the class according to Rivals, and I need not remind you of the Tigers recent history in regards to elite 5-star recruits.
If the name Robert Nkemdiche doesn't conjure up a sour taste in your mouth then you were obviously sleeping under Howard's Rock for the last recruiting cycle.
Having a big-time recruit publicly affirm his commitment to Clemson has to be a breath of fresh air, and this couldn't be a more important moment for Dabo Swinney and his staff.
I've said it a million times, but it holds true here again. Talent begets talent.
Watson can see a future with Clemson and it's one that you have to believe that he believes is bright. Without a doubt, he does have star potential, and his confidence could very well help other big-time recruits believe in the Tigers' future as well.
Clemson is in the running for major recruits like 5-star inside linebacker Raekwon McMillan (top five, Ohio State leader), 5-star defensive end Kentavious Street (top five, Georgia on top) or 4-star cornerback Wesley Green (top two) amongst others. Note: All according to their respective 247Sports interest lists.
Perhaps Watson's confidence in the Tigers will help Swinney and his staff on the recruiting trail. At the very least, it certainly won't hurt Clemson.
We saw last cycle how the support or denial of a major recruit could help or hurt a team on the recruiting trail. In Clemson's case, Nkemdiche's decommitment hurt the Tigers, while his interest in Ole Miss really helped the Rebels.
Watson affirming his commitment is big for Clemson from a football standpoint, but it could also be a huge help on the recruiting trial, so overall, this is great news for the Tigers.