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Ohio State QB Target Deshaun Watson Sticking with Clemson Commitment

BLOOMINGTON, IN - OCTOBER 13:  Urban Meyer the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches the action during the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium on October 13, 2012 in Bloomington, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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David RegimbalFeatured ColumnistApril 25, 2013

When it comes to Ohio State's 2014 recruiting class, there aren't many prospects higher on Urban Meyer's wishlist than 4-star quarterback Deshaun Watson.

Watson, a 6'3" dual-threat signal-caller out of Gainesville, GA, is the only quarterback in the country with an Ohio State offer in hand.

According to The Atlantic Journal-Constitution, it might be time for Meyer and the Buckeyes to start thinking of a backup plan.

Watson, who has been committed to Clemson since his sophomore season, told the AJC that he won't be taking any more visits and is sticking with his commitment to the Tigers.

“I’m 100-percent solid with Clemson,” Watson said. “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.”

That's certainly a disheartening development for Meyer and the Buckeyes given the fact that Watson's recruitment seemed to be opening up just a few weeks ago. While Clemson has always led, both Ohio State and Georgia were making a strong push for Watson

That glimmer of hope lasted just two-and-a-half weeks.

Of course, this news probably won't deter Meyer from recruiting Watson moving forward. Meyer didn't become one of the best recruiters in the country by giving up in these situations. Still, it's hard to imagine Watson swaying from Clemson without something drastic—like a coaching shakeup—taking place in the coming year.

There are a number of other quarterbacks around the country with an interest in Ohio State. Pro-style quarterbacks like Kyle Allen, William Crest, Drew Barker and Caleb Henderson are all on Meyer's radar, while dual-threat quarterbacks Will Ulmer, DeShone Kizer and Brandon Harris (all of whom are 4-star prospects) are options as well.

The Buckeyes also have two promising young quarterbacks already on their roster. Redshirt freshman Cardale Jones and true freshman JT Barrett were both 4-star prospects in high school and will provide depth behind Braxton Miller and Kenny Guiton this year. Jones showed great improvement this year during spring practice, and Barrett—who is recovering from a torn ACL he suffered last October—is a natural leader.

When it comes to the 2014 recruiting class, though, it looks like Meyer will need to broaden his search for Ohio State's next quarterback.

 

All recruit rankings per 247Sports.com.

David Regimbal is the lead Ohio State football writer for Bleacher Report.
Follow him on Twitter @davidreg412.

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