Cager ‘got that feeling’ at ‘Bama

Lawrence Cager exploded late in the summer with a big performance at The Opening and standout efforts at college camps, including Alabama’s, and now he’s among the most coveted wide receivers in the country. On Saturday, he took his first unofficial visit to Tuscaloosa.

Baltimore (Md.) Calvert Hall wide receiver Lawrence Cager has a busy month ahead for official visits, which he’ll cap in Tuscaloosa next month, but he spent Saturday in town on an unofficial visit as Alabama defeated No. 1 Mississippi State.

“It was a great atmosphere, the fans, the walk, everything,” he said. “The fans were into the game every second, it was a great game.

“It was time well spent with the coaches and players, too.”

The 6-foot-4 ½, 195-pounder spent time with plenty of staples within the program, including Nick Saban, Lane Kiffin, Billy Napier, Blake Sims, Amari Cooper, fellow area-product Cyrus Jones and more.

“Blake was really selling to me,” Cager said. “He was telling me how I have a great opportunity to play early, as a freshman, and be a great wide receiver at Alabama. He was saying there’s nowhere you can do that and compete for a national champions. With Cyrus, talk to him a lot, he was just reiterating me to come on with him.

“With Coach Saban, we were talking about how Coach Kiffin and Coach Napier saying I have a great opportunity to make an impact as a freshman, and he wants me here a ‘Bama. He compared me a little bit, to Julio Jones, he’s a big receiver that gets out of his breaks fast like I do.”

With other top programs like Ohio State, Ole Miss, Georgia, Virginia Tech and others on his list, there are specifics about a future team the three-star prospect is looking for and he learned plenty about the Crimson Tide despite it being an unofficial visit.

“Alabama sells a lot to me,” he said. “It feels like another home. I like a team, not a group here, a group there; I like it when everyone is together with one goal, winning a championship. That’s what I saw at Alabama.

“I’m looking for a school I feel in my heart, that I can really see myself at. I have to take more visits, but at Alabama, I really got that feeling. That’s what separates them from other schools.”

Cager plans on taking all five of his official visits and then making a public commitment in early January at the Army All-American game in San Antonio, Texas. A return trip to Alabama, for an official visit, is likely for the third week in December, which would be his final trip before declaring.

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