PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. — When Artavis Scott projects what life might be like in 30 years and who he might still be friends with, there is no doubt it is Deshaun Watson.
“We came here together. We’ve been rooming since we stepped on campus,” Scott said. “I’d definitely say him because we’ve built a great relationship. We’re like brothers. We do a lot of things together, so it would definitely be him.”
The Clemson quarterback and wide receiver have done everything together since they stepped foot on campus. They enrolled together, roomed together, took 37 credit hours in two semesters together and graduated together.
The two even sat next each other at graduation earlier this month. There is nothing the two don’t do together.
“It was special,” Watson said about sharing graduation day with his best friend. “We came in together. We actually became friends some time before our junior year (of high school). We went to a Rivals camp in Chicago and we were teammates, and ever since then we have been best friends.”
Even when Scott was to announce where he was going to school at The Opening in Oregon, he told Watson before he told anyone else.
“We were there together and then we came in together and have been roommates ever since we stepped foot on campus,” Watson said. “It was actually cool to sit beside him at graduation.”
The two, who have helped Clemson advance to the College Football Playoff for a second straight year, have even hit it off on the field as well. The majority of Scott’s record-tying 240 receptions have come from Watson.
After they enrolled at Clemson in January of 2014, Watson and Scott spent most of the next two months working out together at the indoor practice facility as they worked on the playbook and got themselves prepped for spring practice.
Both eventually earned starting spots as true freshman. Watson took over by the fourth game of the season at quarterback and Scott was a full-time starter at wide receiver by mid-season. Scott led the Tigers in receptions both as a freshman and as a sophomore, while Watson became the ACC’s first two-time Heisman Finalist and as a two-time winner of the Davey O’Brien Award as the nation’s best quarterback.
Now the two are trying to lead Clemson to its first national championship in 35 years, and in a few months begin a career in the National Football League.
“We just helped each other out. Now we are graduates and we have a chance to go live out our dreams,” Watson said.