Saturday night at Death Valley was good for the Tigers, from beginning to end.
A night that ended with Tiger fans engulfing the field, celebrating Clemson's 38-35 victory over No. 5 Georgia, began with pre-kickoff recruiting commitments from 2014 and 2015 defensive back prospects Jefferie Gibson and Van Smith.
Gibson's decision came as no surprise, though the timing of his announcement was unexpected. The 6-4, 190-pound projected safety had de-committed from N.C. State last week and immediately scheduled a visit to Clemson for the Georgia game.
Gibson became Clemson's 16th commitment for its class of 2014, and the first defensive back. He's ranked as the nation's No. 30 safety by Rivals.
Smith, currently a junior at West Mecklenburg High in Charlotte, N.C., also had offers from Penn State, Duke, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt and Kansas State. He's ranked as a four-star prospect by 247Sports.
As a sophomore defensive back, he led his team in tackles and intercepted five passes, while as a running back, he gained 1,200 yards and scored a dozen touchdowns.
Watson closing in on 10,000 yards: A typical Friday night will be enough to push Deshaun Watson over the 10,000-yard mark in career passing when Gainesville takes on Buford in a battle of two Georgia defending state champions.
With his 28-of-42, 362-yard passing performance Friday in Gainesville's opening 58-28 victory over West Forsyth, Watson pushed his career passing total to 9,722 yards, extending his state record.
He threw four touchdown passes, increasing his career total to 112, and also rushed for 70 yards and a score.
The Gainesville-Buford game will feature a match-up between a pair of highly-rated Clemson commitments in Watson and Buford outside linebacker Korie Rogers.
Buford, the defending state 3-A champion, opened its season by defeated Elbert County. Gainesville is the defending state 5-A champion.