Talented Lawrence Names Leaders

Alonzo Lawrence gives Inside the Auburn Tigers a recruiting update.

Lucedale, Miss.--With national signing day a little more than a month away, athlete Alonzo Lawrence of George County High School is one of the better uncommitted prospects still on the board in the Southeast.

"My three top schools are Alabama, Ole Miss and LSU," Lawrence says.

Of Alabama, he adds, "I like that they've got pretty good coaches and a lot of good players."

Despite being head coach at Ole Miss for only about a month, Houston Nutt and the Rebels are also the top three.

"I haven't had but one phone call with him and he seems like a pretty cool dude," Lawrence says of Nutt. "They've got a lot of guys that come from Mississippi that I played with in the (Alabama/Mississippi All-Star) game. They should have a pretty good team going into next year."

LSU and Auburn were his most recent offers.

"At LSU I'd fit in with a team like that," Lawrence explains. "With their defense they run a lot of pressing and all kinds of stuff like that, so I'd fit in with them on that part."

While most of the schools at the top of the list are recruiting Lawrence as a cornerback, Auburn started recruiting Lawrence just recently as a receiver with the hire of new offensive coordinator Tony Franklin, who ran the show offensive for the Tigers in their bowl game.

Auburn racked up 423 yards on 90 plays against one of the nation's top defenses in the 23-20 victory over Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

"They've got a chance," Lawrence says of Auburn. "They're recruiting me at receiver and want me to come over there for offense. They're going to the spread with the new offensive coordinator.

"They looked pretty good," he says of the bowl win. "They didn't have but nine days to work on this spread and the hurry-up offense, so they looked good to get it started like that. I was looking at it and checking it out. It's a pretty good system."


Lawrence was one of the top players in Mobile in December.

As a player who shut down one of the nation's most-hyped players in Foley receiver Julio Jones in the Alabama-Mississippi game, Lawrence would prefer to play cornerback at the college level, but says that's not the biggest factor in his decision.

"It's kind of half and half. Some like me at corner and some like me at receiver," he explains. "I like corner, but I'm looking for playing time. That's the most important thing right there because I want to come out and play my first year. That's real important. Playing time is at the top of the list."

Lawrence hasn't been on any of his official visits, but he has one lined up for Jan. 11.

"I got one set up for Alabama coming up," he says. "I couldn't really tell you the rest right now. I think I'll take one to Ole Miss, try to take one to LSU, I'll probably take one to Tennessee. I'm going to take all five of my visits. I'm trying to work them in with my basketball schedule."

Because of his athletic ability, Lawrence is a pretty good basketball player too and receiving a little bit of college interest in that sport.

"I've been back for two games," he notes. "My first game back I had 37 (points) and my second game I had 28. I like football better. My 10th grade year it was basketball, but football became my leader."


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