Clemson-bound quarterback Deshaun Watson will undergo an MRI this week to determine the extent of a knee injury he suffered during Gainesville's 20-14 loss to top-ranked Tucker in the Georgia Class 5A semifinals Friday night.
The preliminary diagnosis is that Watson suffered a sprained MCL.
Watson, who last week was honored as Gatorade's Georgia state player of the year, suffered the injury when he was tackled in the second half of the game. He returned to the game wearing a knee brace, but his running ability was significantly hampered.
“I think he has a slight sprain in his MCL ligament,” Gainesville coach Bruce Miller told the Gainesville Times. “He went back in the game after he was hurt. He just couldn’t run as well. He’ll have an MRI done this week to make sure nothing else is wrong in there.”
Miller said doctors don’t believe any ligaments are torn in Watson’s knee, although they won’t be for certain until looking at the results of the MRI.
If the injury proves to be an MCL sprain, Watson may still be able to play in the Under Armour All-America Bowl, which will be played Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in Tampa, Fla.
Watson, who has signed a financial aid agreement with Clemson, is scheduled to enroll in January after graduating early from Gainesville High.
As Georgia's Gatorade Player of the Year, Watson is now eligible for national player of the year honors.
Watson, who entered his senior year as the top passer in Georgia high school history, finished his career with 13,077 passing yards and 4,055 yards rushing. He accounted for 214 touchdowns - 155 passing and 59 rushing.
Watson is ranked as the 2013 recruiting class' No. 1 quarterback by ESPN.