Don’t look for the Tigers to take a quarterback in their 2013 recruiting class.
If all goes as Dabo Swinney hopes, Chad Kelly will redshirt during the 2012 season (‘Though you never know what may happen,’ Swinney said Wednesday during his National Signing Day press conference).
Headed to Clemson for 2014 is Gainesville, GA's Deshaun Watson, a rising junior who was offered by the offensive coordinator Chad Morris last summer, after Watson’s freshman year in high school.
The 6-3, 190-pound Watson got his first offer from Clemson, visited campus last weekend on Junior Day, and announced his decision on signing day – two full years before he’ll sign his National Letter of Intent.
What’s all the excitement about?
Try out these numbers, en route to Georgia state AAA player of the year honors in 2011: in his first two seasons as a starter, nearly 5,700 yards passing, nearly 2,000 yards rushing and 86 touchdowns – 66 passing and 20 rushing.
Since being offered by Clemson last summer, Watson picked up offers from NC State, Central Florida and Vanderbilt. Among those also interested were Florida, Alabama, Tennessee and Oklahoma State.
Don’t look for Watson to waver.
The Tigers were there first, and Dabo Swinney says he discourages early commitments unless a player is ‘truly committed and absolutely sure.’