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Sep 27, 2014; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) throws the ball during the third quarter against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Player: Deshaun Watson
247Sports Overall Composite Ranking: 41
Position Ranking: 1
Heisman Odds: +1600

As one of the most coveted quarterbacks of the 2014 class, Deshaun Watson took the title of dual-threat quarterback to a whole new level. As a freshman in 2010,  he passed for 1,759 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also showed flashes of explosiveness on the ground, rushing for 500 yards.  By his senior year,  he showed that he was a fully developed quarterback. passing for 4,024 yards, 50 touchdowns and eight interceptions while rushing for 1,441 yards and 24 touchdowns.

Piling up 17 offers in total, Watson was recruited by Chad Morris, now the head coach at SMU.

Enrolling on January 7, 2014, Watson was part of a class that ranked No. 17 in the country and No. 3 in the ACC per the 247Sports Team Rankings.

He has since burst onto the scene, passing for 1,466 yards, 14 touchdowns and two interceptions. His ability to execute the role of a dual-threat quarterback brings back memories of Tajh Boyd to Death Valley, and his versatility is a tremendous asset to the Clemson offense.

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