Lawson hearing from many

JaJuan Lawson is only a sophomore, but he will be hearing from schools throughout the country. Read on to see what he thought of a recent visit to Arizona, the schools recruiting him, and more.

Petaluma (Calif.) Casa Grande quarterback JaJuan Lawson is already receiving plenty of attention despite being just a sophomore in high school.

The 6-foot-1, 193-pound dual-threat quarterback has garnered interest from some of the better programs on the west coast and Arizona is working to get in the race early for his services.

The Wildcats have not extended a scholarship offer to Lawson yet, but he expects one soon.

"They have not offered me yet," Lawson said. "But they are really close."

Lawson is being recruited by co-offensive coordinator Rod Smith and the two have been able to build a strong relationship early on.

"Coach Rod Smith is the coach I have talked to the most," Lawson said. "So far, (our relationship) is actually really good. When I was down there we talked for about three or four hours just about football."

Lawson recently toured the campus at Arizona and got to meet the coaching staff in person. The quarterback came away impressed with his experience after getting a glimpse of what's to come for the new football facilities.

"When I was at the UA I took a full tour of the whole school," Lawson said. "They showed us all the new facilities, the weight room, the equipment room. They showed us everything."

The UA coaching staff sat down with Lawson and discussed with him what he needs to do going forward as he approaches life as a high school upperclassman.

"We just talked about what I have to do from now until my senior year," Lawson said. "Just to keep doing what I am doing and just train hard."

Aside from the Wildcats, Lawson is hearing from several other programs in the Pac-12.

"Oregon State," Lawson said. "I talked to Washington, USC and UCLA mostly."

While the interest in Lawson is growing, he has yet to list any favorites at this point in time.

"At this point I have just told myself to not make any list or any leaders," Lawson said. "I am keeping myself open to any school."

Lawson is just a sophomore in high school, so there are nearly two years before he must decide where he wants to play college football. He plans on taking his time through his recruitment and has no intentions of making an early decision.

"I have talked with multiple people," Lawson said. "We all just said we are going to commit when we are ready. We are going to take as many visits as we can and when the time comes we will make that decision."

While the interest towards Lawson is generally coming from the Pac-12, he will certainly listen to schools outside of the west coast if they call.

"I am open with where I go," Lawson. "I'd just have to see if I would like living out there for four years. That's my thing. You'd have to live there for four years."

There are other factors outside of football that tend to come into play in a prospect's recruitment. Lawson wants to make sure he is in a comfortable environment at a university where he can gain a solid education.

"Outside of football, just a nice place," Lawson said. "You don't want to be in a place that you aren't used to and also the academics. I want to go to the school that will give me a great education if football doesn't work out. "


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