- Ryan Timmons unofficially visits Kentucky
- Lawrence Marshall unofficially visits Michigan State for a bowl practice
- Parrker Westphal unofficially visits Northwestern
- John Calipari from Kentucky watches Andrew Wiggins
- Arizona State offers Clifton Garrett & Denzel Ward
- Jalan McClendon unofficially visits North Carolina
- @Miles11W: Florida picks up another LB commit in Jarrad Davis. Trey Johnson to Ohio State is becoming more and more likely. (Flipped from Auburn)
- Alabama offers Lorenzo Carter
There was never any doubt that Deshaun Watson would be ready for the occasion. Playing on the state’s biggest stage made him an even better leader as he guided the Red Elephants to the Class AAAAA state championship on Friday in Atlanta.
It takes more than one player to win it all. Never has a quarterback solely won anything on his own.
But Watson has a poise and presence that lends itself to championships. He’s cool under pressure, throws a pass with almost flawless precision and will take off with the ball when the need arises.
As far as high school players go, he’s the total package. Now, as the first state championship quarterback in school history, he is also the pride of an entire community.
“Deshaun’s probably the best high school player in the state, maybe the entire nation,” Gainesville linebacker Devan Stringer said.
His final outing of the season saw Watson complete 27 of 35 passes for 304 yards.
The Red Elephants’ junior quarterback gave one of the best performances of his high school career against a Gator team that earned its trip to Atlanta with a gutsy defense. It was just no match against Watson’s golden arm.
Watson set the new state career passing record, breaking a record that Zack Stanford of Metter owned for eight years, with a 10-yard pass to Tray Harrison in the first quarter.
But he wasn’t done with checking off an individual goal. He threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more as Gainesville became Hall County’s first state champion in the Georgia High School Association.
Corona Centennial senior offensive lineman Cameron Hunt thought the recruiting process was complete back in July when he accepted a scholarship offer from Cal.
Things have changed in the weeks following Cal’s decision to fire coach Jeff Tedford.
Last week, Hunt said he was waiting to see if Jim Michalczik, Cal’s offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, would be retained by Cal’s newly-named coach, Sonny Dykes.
“If he (Michalczik) stays, I’ll probably stay with call,” Hunt said last week. “But if he goes, I’m probably going to have to think things over a little bit and look at other offers.”
on Wednesday, Dec. 12, Cal confirmed Michalczik would not be returning next season.
Centennial’s practices have been flooded with college coaches who have come to take a look at Hunt, a four-star recruits who is among the top linemen in the 2013 class.
Michigan has sent two assistants in recent weeks, offensive coordinator and QBs coach Al Borges and receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Jeff Hecklinski. Nebraska assistant offensive line coach John Garrison was at a practice on Wednesday.
Washington and Arizona are among the other schools who have appeared at practices.
However, the biggest name to show at a practice is Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, who visited Centennial on Thursday night, the team’s final full practice of the season.
The Gonzaga D.C. Classic took place over the past weekend (Dec. 7-9), with Mount St. Joseph emerging as champions of the three-day, eight-team tournament.
Sidwell Friends made a strong statement by defeating host Gonzaga in the semifinals, and narrowly dropping a 59-55 decision to Mount St. Joe’s in the championship round.
MDHoops.net’s Josh Stirn was on hand for all of the Friday night action at this year’s tournament, and broke down some of the night’s best performances, along with generating scouting notes on the event’s most promising young prospects.
Kam Williams, G, Mount St. Joseph, 2013: Williams lived up to the billing as the best pure shooter in attendance, knocking down jumpers from all over the court. Williams just didn’t settle for 3-point attempts however – he used a variety of ball fakes and hesitation moves to get into the midrange area and show off soft touch from 15-18 feet. He’s going to be able to contribute to Ohio State right away with his ability to knock down shots.