It’s been a long time coming, and Dawson County Tigers poster player Coey Watson has decided that he will continue his career on the gridiron at Shorter University in Rome, Ga. Watson announced his decision early Wednesday morning on Twitter.
Watson closed his epic high school career with 6,928 passing yards and 65 touchdowns, adding another 2,002 rushing yards and 41 scores. In total, he amassed 8,930 yards of offense and 106 touchdowns! His name appears in the all-time leaders in passing yards in Georgia, as well as touchdowns.
“Coach Morrison sold me on Shorter,” stated Watson on why he chose to play for the Hawks. “He seemed excited and ready to turn the program around. He told me I was high on his list and was looking for me to play a role in the program quick. They also said they’re excited to have a dual threat quarterback because they want to add some QB runs to the system.”
That sounds like the perfect landing spot for Watson, a true winner who exemplified heart, determination and an ability to find a way to win. He took Dawson to the state playoffs in three out of four seasons as starter under center.
Watson had been fielding offers over the past couple of months — five that we know of. He was offered by Shorter, Reinhardt, Mt. St. Joseph, University of the Cumberlands and Huntingdon. Watson announced his offers to Huntindgon (Dec 11), Cumberlands (Dec 12), Mt SJ (Dec 18), Reinhardt (Dec 21) and Shorter (Jan 12) all via Twitter. It was the last one that led him to committing to a mere 19 days later.
“I feel so much more relaxed now that it’s over,” says Watson. “I’m ready to buy in to the program and begin working for next year.”
We have no doubt that Watson will continue to do what we’ve seen him do over the past four years at Dawson County.