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Georgia's best?

Deshaun Watson isn't just battling to win a state title, he's in a fight for Georgia Player-of-the-Year honors.

Deshaun Watson is sixth on Georgia's all-time passing list.

The 2014 four-star Clemson commit currently is ranked No. 2 in the POY watch by Georgia High School Football Daily (, which presents the annual award in conjunction with the Atlanta Journal-Consitution.

South Alabama quarterback commit Taylor Lamb of Calhoun (Ga.) sits on top of the list. His team has reached the Class AA quarterfinals.

Of Watson, GHSF Daily wrote: "Watson is 234-of-335 passing for 3,053 yards and 41 touchdowns. He has rushed for 1,117 yards and 19 touchdowns. His team is 9-3. Watson has committed to Clemson as a junior."

GHSF Daily is produced by Todd Holcomb and Chip Saye, both former Atlanta Journal-Constitution writers..

"He's one guy whose numbers are standing out above everybody else," Holcomb told 247Sports. "His offensive production is clearly No. 1 in the state. The only thing not making him a clear-cut No. 1 is that there's a question how good Gainesville is. They've lost three games, and they haven't played a lot of tough games. You'd like your QB to be winning more, though that hasn't been his fault."

Gainesville plays at Harris County in the Class AAAAA state quarterfinals this Friday.

Only two juniors have ever won the award, Holcomb said. One of them was former Clemson defensive end commit Robert Nkemdiche, who took it home last year.

Watson clearly is no ordinary junior.

He already has 8,392 career passing yards to rank sixth all time in Georgia. The record of 9,062 yards is in reach this season, and based on Watson's production could be flat-out obliterated in 2013.

"That is really pretty amazing," Holcomb said.

Holcomb and Saye will determine the POY winner after the season ends. It will be announced as part of an all-state package the last week of December.

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