Just like a year ago, Clemson made recruiting noise on signing day.
It just wasn’t with its signing class.
Deshaun Watson, a 2014 quarterback from Gainesville (Ga.) High School, committed to the Tigers on Wednesday, ending a heavy courtship that began last summer.
Watson also already held offers from N.C. State, Vanderbilt and UCF. But the Tigers had made him a primary target upon seeing him in camp last summer, pursuing Watson with the expressed intent to forgo a quarterback the 2013 class if and when he pledged.
Watson confirmed via text Wednesday that he had committed, doing so a few days after visiting Clemson for a junior day.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder had generated interest from Florida, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia but attended the majority of Clemson’s home games last fall.
Watson, a two-year starter, broke Hall County records for yards in a single season (4,324) and touchdowns in a season with 57 (41 passing, 16 rushing).
He represents Clemson’s first pledge for the 2014 class.
The Tigers added their second commitment for the 2013 class earlier in the day by landing nearby Daniel (S.C.) outside linebacker D.J. Greenlee, son of assistant strength coach Larry Greenlee.
Clemson added one additional member to its 2012 class Wednesday, netting Top247 defensive tackle D.J. Reader.