Established state of Georgia high school records for career total offense (17,134) and total touchdowns passing and rushing (218)...set the Georgia state records for touchdown passes and total offense by the end of his junior year...highest ranked Clemson signee for 2014...rated as #16 best overall player in the nation by ESPN.com, 31st by Rivals.com, 41st by 247 Sports and #84 by Scout.com...ranked as third best player in the nation by Tom Lemming prior to the 2013 season...the number-one dual-threat quarterback in the nation by ESPN.com, Rivals and 247 Sports, Scout lists his third...ranked as number-two overall player in state of Georgia by Rivals and number-four by 247 Sports...named U.S. Army All-American...named to 2014 Under Armour All-American roster, but did not play in game due to injury he suffered in his final high school game...four-year starter at Gainesville High School...as a 14-year-old freshman led team to a 10-2 record with 2,088 yards passing and 17 touchdowns...also ran for 569 yards and five scores that year...as a sophomore had over 3,200 yards passing and 1000 yards rushing...as a junior gained 5,700 yards of total offense and accounted for 64 total touchdowns...threw for 4024 yards and 50 scores...led Gainesville to its first state championship in over 100 years, a 49-13 win in state title game with 400 yards total offense and five touchdowns in just three quarters of work...that December 14 victory over Ware County took place in the Georgia Dome and was just 17 days prior to Clemson's Chick-fil-A Bowl win over LSU in the same facility...had 1,988 yards of total offense and 27 total touchdowns in five playoff games that year...threw for 4,431 yards and 57 touchdowns against just five interceptions as a senior...also rushed for 1,057 yards and 14 scores...finished his high school career with 13,077 passing yards, 155 touchdown passes...had 4057 yards rushing and 63 touchdowns on the ground, giving him 218 total touchdowns over his four years... named State Player of the Year as a sophomore, junior and senior...Gatorade Player of the Year in Georgia for 2013...named 5A Offensive Player of the Year in 2013...played for coach Bruce Miller in high school...also played on Gainesville's basketball team in 2012-13...attended same high school as former Georgia Tech star quarterback Billy Lotheridge, who finished second in the Heisman Trophy race to Roger Staubach in 1963...recruited to Clemson by Chad Morris...chose Clemson over Auburn, Georgia and Ohio State.
Mickey Plyler on Watson: "A five star quarterback is always going to be the headliner of a recruiting class. Clemson fans have been following Watson since his sophomore season and everything that has been written and said about him is true. He is everything you are looking for in a quarterback. Physically he has all of the tools but his personality and leadership are also a strength. Watson has a chance to develop into a great one at Clemson."
Reminds Plyler of: It is hard to compare him to a former Clemson quarterback. He is a terrific open field runner like Cam Newton and Vince Young but he is a better passer than either coming out of high school.
Watson is Georgia’s all-time leading passer with 13,135 yards. No other player Georgia history has ever reached the 10,000-yard mark.
As a junior Watson has records in career total touchdowns with 155, career passing yards with 9,360 and career passing scores with 108. He helped Gainesville to its first ever state title, culminating in a 49-13 defeat of Ware County in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Watson also became just the second player in GHSA history to throw 50 touchdowns in a season and the third to throw for over 4,000 yards in a season (4,011).
As a sophomore, Watson was 200-of-327 passing for 2,914 yards and 39 touchdowns with six interceptions. He rushed for 943 yards and 14 touchdowns on 140 carries. As a freshman, Watson recorded 1,759 yards passing and 17 touchdowns throughout the entire 10-game regular season and added 485 yards rushing and four scores.
Watson gained a great feel for the Tigers’ program this fall when he was a guest at five of the Tigers’ home games in 2011. He took an unofficial visit to Clemson for Elite Junior Day in Jan. 2012.