A lot has been made about Deshaun Watson putting himself in position to graduate in just three years, and deservedly so. It’s quite an accomplishment for a young man to graduate in three years, especially when he has football practice, morning treatments and 6 a.m. workouts in the off-season. And let’s not forget about film study and meetings.
But Watson isn’t the only player on second-ranked Clemson that will graduate in just three years. He is not the only one in his apartment, either. His roommate, and wide receiver, Artavis Scott will also graduate next month.
“We had a little success my freshman year so we talked about it and we talked to our advisor. We came in early, so we talked about how maybe we should graduate early,” Scott said on Monday. “We wanted to see what we had to do and what it would take. Knowing we had a chance to leave early to (go pro), we thought maybe we should have our degree while we do that.
“So we sort of talked about it, and that’s what we had to do in order to get it done.”
Like Watson, Scott took 18 credit hours in the fall of 2015 and then 17 in the spring of ’16. This past summer he took 17 credit hours. And like Watson, the junior will have more options come January no matter if he chooses to go pro or not.
“It takes a lot of weight off your shoulders,” he said. “You do not have to talk about it or deal with your parents, ‘Oh, what about your school or what about this?’ You will already have it done. It definitely is something to be proud about.
“Then if I come back to school, I can work on something different like by Masters or something like that. So it is huge to have that.”
Scott says he does not have an idea if he will turn pro or not once the season is over. He plans to finish the season out and will cross that bridge at a later time.
“I’m just finishing this season and trying to get my degree and then I will think about that stuff later,” he said.
When he walks across the stage at Littlejohn Coliseum next month, Scott will be the first person from his mom side of the family to graduate from college.
“We talked about that even before I came here to college. That’s one of the biggest things I definitely need to do. I have an opportunity to do it, and I’m going to do it.”