Deshaun Watson makes Trent Dilfer's top six, lauded for footwork, coachability

'He is a sponge. For a highly touted kid that's had so many accolades for years, he embraces the journey of getting better'

Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris talks with Clemson football quarterback prospect Deshaun Watson during the Tigers' game against Miami.

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Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris talks with Clemson football quarterback prospect Deshaun Watson during the Tigers' game against Miami.

After being dazzled for three days by 18 of the country's top 2014 quarterback prospects, Elite 11 head coach and camp director Trent Dilfer on Sunday named his top-six, cream of the crop.

Clemson-bound Deshaun Watson was among the group, earning accolades for his footwork and as being perhaps the most college-ready quarterback of the group. Others pointed out by Dilfer, in no order, included Kyle Allen of Scottsdale, Ariz. (Texas A&M), Brad Kaaya of West Hills, Calif. (Miami), Sean White of For Lauderdale, Fla (uncommitted), Kyle Carta-Samuels of San Jose, Calif. (Vanderbilt), and David Blough of Carrollton, Texas (Purdue).

"Deshaun started a little sloppy, to be honest," said Dilfer. "He's an East Coast guy coming west, so I'm sensitive to that, especially the first day of the event. He lit everything up yesterday (Saturday). He's a much better passer than he was in Atlanta.

"He is a sponge. For a highly touted kid that's had so many accolades for years, he embraces the journey of getting better with the best of them."

The 18 quarterbacks wrapped up the Elite 11 portion of camp on Sunday morning, and will now move on to The Opening, which features 150 of high school football's best. Sunday's competition featured situational drills and decision-making against a variety of defensive looks.

One other Clemson commitment is competing in The Opening event - linebacker Chris Register of Greensboro, N.C.

At the conclusion of the Elite 11 event on Sunday, each of the 18 quarterbacks was assigned to one of six teams for the next phase of full-squad competition.

Watson will play for VaporCarbon, along with fellow quarterbacks Manny Watkins, an Arizona State commitment from Navato, Calif., and Jerrod Heard, a Texas commitment from Denton, Texas.

They will play in the backfield with running backs Joseph Yearby, a Miami commitment, and Georgia-bound Nick Chubb. Also on Watson's team are Clemson recruiting targets Kentavious Street, a defensive end, and George Campbell, a 2015 wide receiver.

Also competing in The Opening is Campbell's Tarpon Springs, Fla. teammate Artavis Scott, who will make his college announcement Tuesday or Wednesday from among Clemson, Central Florida and Florida. Scott was assigned to the Apocalypse team for The Opening.

Register will play for the Field Generals.

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