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National Signing Day: Gainesville QB Watson near the top nationally for Class of 2014
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Gainesville High junior quarterback Deshaun Watson is well aware of the battles that go on for the top national prospects every season up until National Signing Day, which this year took place on Wednesday. Watson, the 2012 Associated Press Georgia Player of the Year, makes no promises that his will not go down to the wire either, even though he is currently verbally committed to Clemson University.

“I’d say I’m 95 percent sure I’ll sign with Clemson,” said Watson, who plans to graduated after his senior season is complete in December.

Who are the other schools that are clinging to that five percent for the state’s all-time passing leader? Right now, Watson says Georgia and Ohio State.

Watson is not the only Division-I prospect that is now officially on the clock with the senior class of 2013 already locked in with signed letters of intent.

Buford junior linebacker Korie Rogers, who had 110 tackles and seven sacks last season, has picked up offers from Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia and Penn State. He’s yet to give any verbal commitment, according to

Also for the Wolves, running back Thomas Wilson is on the Division-I radar with an early official offer from East Carolina.

Still, possibly no player in the entire state will rival the attention Watson draws from college coaches. Leading the Red Elephants to the Class AAAAA state championship only drew more attention to their record-setting quarterback, who still has one year of high school football remaining.

Recently, Watson picked up an official offer from Georgia. Around the same time, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer dropped by Gainesville High to visit with Watson to see where he stood. Other schools that have officially offered Watson a scholarship are Florida State, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Central Florida and Vanderbilt, among others.

Watson has visits set up to schools across the country over the summer, including Southern California and Oregon.

Right now, Gainesville’s quarterback says he fields about five calls every day from college coaches, in addition to his participation in the school’s basketball program.

“It’s real hard because all the schools are trying to throw everything at me to get me to change my mind,” Watson said. “This is a decision I have to make serious.”

Watson said staying close to his mother is a major factor, but he said that she has made it clear that he should to go to the school that is the best fit.

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