The Buckeyes have found their No. 1 quarterback target for 2014: Deshaun Watson. There is one problem, though. At the current moment, Watson is a Clemson Tigers commit, and has been for a few months. This certainly shouldn’t give Buckeyes fans any doubts as Urban Meyer has 10 months to flip this kid and turn him into the next Buckeye great.
A state champion in 2013, Deshaun Watson can do it all. While falling just short of 1,500 rushing yards last season, the junior quarterback was able to put on an aerial attack as well, throwing for more than 4,000 yards. There’s no question that Watson is the perfect fit for Urban Meyer’s spread attack. The problem, though, is the fact that Watson has not yet made a visit to the Buckeye state. With recruiting nowadays, building the family relationship is essential, and the sooner the Buckeyes can get Watson and campus, the better off they’ll be.
According to Michael Carvell of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Deshaun Watson plans to visit Ohio State sometime over the summer, saying, "I've always been [interested] in Urban Meyer and what he does on offense ... I haven't visited the campus yet, but I'm going to go up there this summer and see what's it like."
A huge key for Watson could be the way Ohio State's offense develops in year two of Coach Meyer's system. The country saw Braxton Miller—almost single handedly—run the Buckeyes offense through most of the season. Ohio State went as Braxton Miller went, and it was mostly on his legs.
Meanwhile in 2013 at Clemson, the Tajh Boyd express took off in a huge way, through the air and on the ground. If the Buckeyes can show improvement in the passing game in 2013, they should become an even more enticing option to Watson than they already are. For a quarterback who is as well-rounded as Deshaun Watson is, he's going to want to showcase all of his abilities at the collegiate level. Braxton Miller and the Buckeyes offense in 2013 could go a long way in determining Watson's future.
The fact that Ohio State is currently among his favorites, without a visit taken yet, speaks volumes about how the future of Watson's recruitment could unfold. Heck, Urban Meyer has taken kids with small interest in Ohio State and three weeks later turned them into Buckeyes commits. Without question, Deshaun Watson should be blown away when he makes his way to Columbus, standing in Ohio Stadium. It wouldn't be surprising to anyone to see the Buckeyes move to No. 1 at the top of his list. My advice: Don't worry too much, Buckeye Nation
Watch Deshaun Watson's junior season highlights here.