Lawson talks recruitment

2014 quarterback JaJuan Lawson is already one of Arizona's top priorities for the class. Read on to see where the Wildcats stand and why, when he wants to decide, and more.

2014 quarterback JaJuan Lawson is shaping up to be one of the top quarterback prospects on the west coast and his recruitment is starting to pick up as expected.

The Petaluma (Calif.) Casa Grande signal caller attended skill camps at California, USC, and Washington, while also visiting the University of Nevada at Reno on an unofficial visit. After he was all done, he went home without any new scholarship offers, but understands that they will come with time.

"I'm not worried about any new offers coming or anything," Lawson said. "I just finished my sophomore year and I will probably get many more after my junior year."

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound quarterback does hold a scholarship offer from Arizona. The Wildcats offered him in April, becoming his first and only offer to this point.

Arizona has stood out to Lawson, becoming his early favorite for many reasons. One of those reasons was his unofficial visit to Tucson that he took in early April.

"It was a lot of desert, but Tucson is it's own little community and that's what I want," Lawson said. "I don't want to really be in a big city. I just want to be in a place that's quiet and you can just play football there."

Lawson met with the coaches and talked football. He was impressed with their interest in him and the attention that he received.

"I met every coach there and toured the whole campus," he said. "They have something special going on there.

"The biggest factor with me is liking the coaching staff and that was one thing that I really loved when I went down to Arizona. The coaching staff felt like they wanted me and wanted me to be down there with them. They were actually recruiting me whereas on a few other trips that I went on with Elijah Qualls, I was more of a side player to him."

Lawson can see himself excelling as a quarterback at Arizona and has done his homework on the Wildcats' new offensive system.

"With Rich Rod there, I feel like I fit in," he said. "Their history, Pat White, Jarrett Brown, Denard Robinson; they just get it done with dual-threat quarterbacks and I'm a dual-threat quarterback. They have an eye for quarterbacks and for them to offer me and want me to be their guy, it's an honor."

The Wildcats' early offer also gives Arizona a head start in Lawson's recruitment.

"The early offer doesn't have a huge impact, but they have taken an early lead," he said. "They're going to hold it, too, because I can't consider any teams that haven't offered me. The honest fact and truth is that Arizona is going to be in the lead and I'm not going to whine about it because all you need is one team to play for."

As far as other offers go, Lawson thinks that Washington may be close to offering, but isn't concerned about it going into his junior season.

However, Lawson will be laying low during the school year and trying to focus on what he needs to do in order to be ready for college when the time comes.

"During the school year, I plan to focus on school," he said. "I will keep in contact with the coaches and everything, but I want to focus on school and keep my grades where they need to be."

With that being said, it may not be long before Lawson makes his college decision.

"I'll make my decision when I'm ready," Lawson said. "I'm not going to hold out until Signing Day. When I find the school I want to be at, that's the school I'm going to choose.

"The earliest I could decide is a month after the football season is done. After I get a little time off and evaluate where everything is at. I want to get it out of the way. I don't want to come in between my high school team because I want to take home the Northern California High School Championship before I go to college."


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