2016-07-26 14:39:17.0
Richt on past recruitment of Deshaun Watson
by Tony Crumpton
Assoc. Editor

New Miami head coach Mark Richt was interviewed in Bristol, Connecticut at ESPN studios on Tuesday morning and had the following take on his past recruitment of Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson.

Clemson gave Watson his first college offer in the summer of his sophomore year.

"I told (OC) Mike Bobo, this guy is going to take someone to a national championship," Richt said.

Richt said he was convinced as soon as Clemson signed Watson, they'd be great according to ESPN's David Hale.

"I was glad they took him out after that," Richt said after his first career touchdown pass during Georgia's 45-21 win back in 2014.

Watson was 2-4 for 59 yards and a touchdown pass during his first taste of college football. In his rookie campaign, Watson completed 67.9% of his passes for 1,466 yards (10.7 per attempt) with 14 touchdowns and only two interceptions for a tremendous quarterback rating of 188.57. He also had five scores rushing.

The junior quarterback completed 333 of 491 passes for 4,104 yards and 35 touchdowns and also had 207 rushes for 1105 yards and 12 scores this past season. His 5,209 yards of total offense and his 47 total touchdowns were ACC records, and his rushing total was a record for a Clemson quarterback.

His 487 yards of total offense set a record for a National Championship game, and he is the first quarterback in FBS history to have at least 4,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in a single season.

Tony Crumpton can be reached at tony@tigernet.com