Deshaun Watson's secret Auburn visit: he did, and now he wishes he hadn't

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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.

Did he, or didn't he?

He did, and now he wishes he hadn't.

The Deshaun Watson recruiting saga has apparently taken a circuitous route back to the status quo, via an impromptu visit to Auburn last week.

After rumors that Clemson's longstanding quarterback commitment had visited Auburn surfaced last week, Watson's high school coach, Bruce Miller, categorically denied that a visit had taken place in interviews with several recruiting websites.

The problem was, Miller didn't know.

Watson took the trip to Auburn with a Gainesville High ssistant coach not involved in handling his recruiting, who was traveling to Alabama for a family function. Watson visited Auburn Thursday night and left Friday morning.

He later denied he had been to Auburn.

The truth came out on Tuesday, when Watson told Miller what really happened and then called Chad Morris and Dabo Swinney to inform them.

“Deshaun told me he visited Auburn and that he did not know what he was thinking,” Miller told ESPN Tuesday evening. "Deshaun felt sorry about it and said he got talked into it at a weak moment because he had never seen it. He said he realized after he got there that he should not have made the visit. He said, 'I then started trying to figure out how I could cover it up.'

“Deshaun says he did not see anything that makes me question anything, and he is not changing his commitment. He talked to Dabo Swinney and Chad Morris today and everything is fine now. They told him No. 1 is that Deshaun’s word is his word and that he will need to earn back a little bit of their trust. When you mess up one time you have to circle back and do right again, which Deshaun will have no problem with.”

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rsb8931#286014 writes:

Until this kid is 18 years old a signs his name on a letter of intent, nothing he says or does makes any difference. I guess it gives fans something to talk about and hope for but nothing else. He has to be 18 years old and sign his name on the paper or it means nothing. Once a kid signs the letter of intent, he is legally bound to that school. If he is under 18, it is an invalid contract and is worthless.

iptaytiger writes:

Hope this is not another Nkemdiche in the making. You're either "All in" or you're gonna wander around looking for greener grass.

TigerMarine writes:

Actually its 18, u sign AND mommy or daddy sign too !! Till last years runaway momma nobody thought twice about the parents. LOL

tw30241 writes:

Actually, its I enroll early in January and by-pass National Signing Day altogether like he is planning to do.

radtiger writes:

NEWS ALERT..............SLAVERY IS OVER!!!!! He has the right to go visit any school that he chooses.....Neither clemson or any of the coaches own him and has anything to do with where he visits.Thinking like this is what made Robert Nkemdiche's parent have him consider other schools. YOU PEOPLE NEED TO GET OVER YOURSELVES.......

jarheadtiger writes:

Im not that worried about this young man taking visits. Yes hes supposed to be a super talented player. Yes he is a huge part of our recruiting this year, but if its meant to be, he will come. I dont think anyone here if we were in his shoes, and had programs all over the country pimping themselves out to him would not at least THINK about taking the trip. Going to new campuses, seeing some rather attractive classmates who highly encoarage him to attend their school? Yeah, I sure wouldnt have given it a 2nd thought when I was 18!! Just kidding, I think we are good folks, as long as the Chad Stays that is.

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