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I watched every down last night. Painful for this Gator fan. And what I'm about to say is jaded by the bad taste in my mouth, not from the whipping, but from Gainesville running the hurry up, throwing a TD on 4th and five from the 25, with the game well in hand. If there had been a lot of smack talk, or if these schools were rivals, I might see it differently. But to rub it in like that in a high school game seemed a little over the top.
Biases out of the way, here is what I saw. He does an outstanding job running the offense. He is poised. He is deadly accurate and is outstanding on short and intermediate routes. Not good, not pretty good, outstanding. He is tall enough to see the field. And his throwing motion on the run is effortless. He is a top level QB recruit. Like others, however, I did not see him throw the deep ball well, except for the aforementioned late TD. He had some deep completions, but his receivers really helped him. I will also second the notion that he racks up a lot of yards from receivers breaking tackles on short throws. I was extremely impressed with G-ville's athleticism at the receiver position. I think Watson is perfect for the Clemson offense. I'd be surprised if that didn't win the day for him, even if we decided to pull out the stops in recruiting him.
That said, I don't get the whole "he doesn't fit our system" bit. Intellectually, I understand that he is a spread QB and we run a pro-style offense. But we have spread it out quite a bit this year. And neither Charlie Ward nor D.J. Shockley were "pro-style" QBs. But they won a lot of games for Richt. If the ability is there, we should go after it and coach to the talent, not the other way around. I guess it comes down to whether we believe that Bobo and Richt are judging the talent accurately. On Cam Newton, they clearly didn't. But with Blake Sims, it looks like they did.
Just to be clear, I stated his gaudy stats are due to the system he is in as well as the players around him. He is a product of the system as was Mason.
To me it's all about the number of spots we have available for the '14 class.
im extremely happy with brice. but im going to hate player clemson in two years.
If he starts at Clemson in '14 as a true freshman in the 1st game against us in Athens then I will be very happy. After that then I wish him all the best on his collegiate career. But I'm not scared of a true freshman in the 1st game of the year on the road. Nor do I think he will start.
I agreed. Brain fart. was thinking he'd be a soph. great point.+1
We might have missed at other positions, but other than Texas, Florida, and USC, there can't be many schools who have landed higher QB recruits than we have consistently in the last twenty years. Zeier, Greene, Shockley, Stafford, Cox(he was great in HS), Murray, Mettenberger, Mason, Lemay, Ramsey and even Logan Gray were all recruited heavily out of high school, and many top five/ top ten in nation. Bauta was #7 dual threat in nation. I am 100% sure that our coaches have the QB position under control.
We haven't talked to Watson because it's bad timing. We're probably not taking in 2014 and shooting for Queen in 15. So what is there to talk about; that's why they're not in contact with him. Last thing we need is a rep for over recruiting QBs and them having to transfer, Logan Gray! 5 QBs is enough.
This post was edited by Huntinfool 16 months ago
i think we will regret not going after dw. If for no other reason gville is getting stronger and stronger and there maybe some kids down the road that we want but we are not welcomed
I highly doubt we wouldn't be welcome for just not recruiting a guy. If we somehow lied to or screwed him over then maybe but definitely not for not recruiting him.
It should also be noted that Cam Newton didn't do much of anything at the high CFB levels until his last year in college. He wasn't beating Tebow out in UF and was acting the dumbass most of the time. As a matter of fact, I am not sure that he would have lasted in Athens as long as he made it in Gainesville.
Next year's class is definitely going to be small unless there is a LOT of attrition.
As someone said, you can question Bobo and Richt on many things, but QB development probably isn't one of them.
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