Deshaun Watson Saying "Thanks, But No Thanks"?

By Jeremy Birmingham on April 25, 2013 at 10:23a

Much has been made of Ohio State's decision to pursue (up to this point) only one quarterback in the 2014 recruiting class, Georgia's Deshaun Watson, a longtime Clemson commitment. The Buckeyes had been hoping that an offer to Watson would be enough motivation to compel the 6-foot-4, 200-pound star to make a visit to Columbus, giving the Buckeyes a fighting chance in eventually securing his signature.

It appears - at least for now - that Watson has made up his mind and will not be visiting Ohio State this summer as long-rumored, or any other school for that matter. 

“I’m 100-percent solid with Clemson,” Watson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Michael Carvell Wednesday. “I’m not going to visit anybody else. I’m just going to focus on Clemson and my high school season. I’m not interested in going to visit anywhere.”

With Watson (again) off table, the Buckeyes will make a decision to look elsewhere for a quarterback prospect or to skip the key position all together in this recruiting cycle.


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bucknasty13's picture

Haha. That gif made me laugh.

OSUStu's picture

That doesn't make me happy.  But you can't fault the guy for committing and actually sticking to it.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

Grant Edgell's picture

Agreed. More of this type of commentary (and action) from recruits would be a welcome sight. That's not to say I blame them for playing hopscotch as God knows what I'd have done in their shoes at that age. This one hurts Ohio State but the unbiased side of me says good for him.

Philly White's picture

But I tend to overreact. Best of luck to him.

tdible2132's picture

He's been wavering about this for a while now. Perhaps he doesn't want to receive any flack from fans so for now he's sticking with this stance, but when summer rolls around he may rethink his options. One can hope right?

Buckeyejason's picture

Can we go after guys that can know sit it the pocket for a few and pick defenses apart, please!?! That'd be great!


rampageripster's picture

Better become a fan of someone else cause that is not the offense we run.

Cause I couldn't go for three

Hovenaut's picture

With Bauserbomb being the more recent "passing" QB at the Buckeye helm, I'm still good with us recruiting the dual threat guys for awhile.

Very good.

tdible2132's picture

I want a QB that can do it all. Like a JT Barrett who can stay in the pocket and pass, but can also make things happen with his legs when the pocket breaks down or nobody is open. Deshaun Watson is in that same mold, and those are the QB's I want. Shane Morris/Wilton Speight are going to be in for a rough time when they can't extend plays yet are being harassed by our D-Line of the future. They are going to be getting sacked quite a lot if you ask me.

NoVA Buckeye's picture

I wonder how many times Clemson needs to Clemson for Watson to Clemson to Ohio State.

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

PWLafferty. TBDBITL. TRow.'s picture

I understand this, I think....

"I'm up there with Chris and Dave Pass, getting ready to broadcast that game, and that band came out of that tunnel, I was wiping tears out of my eyes and all the memories came back." ~Urban Meyer

Poe McKnoe's picture

The act of miserably failing towards the end of a task that was started with such promise. The phrase comes from many seasons in which the Clemson University football team starts off their season with huge victories, only to fall off completely at the end of the season to teams like Georgia Tech and get dominated by teams like NC State, South Carolina and West Virginia.
"Look. Clemson is pulling a Clemson again. They started off 8-0 and in the national title hunt, but they actually suck."

babbski's picture

It's very closely related to the infamous "Sparty, NO!"

buckeyedude's picture

I think it's time to move on, folks.



chicagobuckeye's picture

From what I gather, and that's not a whole lot and I may be jumping to conclusions, I think that Deshaun kind of regrets committing early.  He seems like the kind of kid who was enthralled with a program initially and their scholarship offer from an in-state school so he accepted, and was extremely happy at that point.  Now, however, he realizes that he probably should have looked around a little longer to make sure that Clemson was everything he wanted, but also realizes that he committed and doesn't want to go back on his word (which is what most commits should probably think about doing before committing).  I could be completely off, but feel bad because he seems like he's stuck right now.