RB Lawry Ready For Recruiting Season

GLASSBORO, N.J. -- With the season over, Kingsway High (Woolwich, N.J.) class of 2014 running back Ray Lawry is ready to get involved in recruiting. He holds one offer and is planning several unofficial visits in the coming months, beginning with one Saturday to Rutgers.

GLASSBORO, N.J. – Kingsway High (Woolwich, N.J.) could not hang with Timber Creek Regional High (Erial, N.J.) in the South Jersey Group IV final, but Dragons running back Ray Lawry showed he could.

Lawry ran for 164 yards and had another 81 receiving yards, scored three times and showed breakaway speed against a speedy Chargers secondary in a 57-27 loss.

"That is pretty much like a D-I college team," said Lawry, a class of 2014 prospect. "To play well against them means I can play against anyone and be a lot more confident."

The effort may serve as a springboard to recruiting for the 5-foot-11, 180-pound Lawry, who holds a Temple offer and is also hearing from Rutgers, Rutgers, Penn State, Maryland, Vanderbilt, Connecticut, Georgia Tech and Arizona.

He is visiting Rutgers on Saturday, and is also speaking with Maryland and Penn State about attending Junior Days.

"With Rutgers, I have a real good relationship with (assistant) coach (Jim Panagos)," Lawry said. "We talk on a daily basis and it's big-time football. I like it."

Rutgers' location is also a factor.

"I like that it's near New York City, and I like New York," he said. "It's close to home and my family can come up and watch games, and that's always good. I think Rutgers may be close to offering."

Lawry visited Rutgers three times, which is also how many times he made the trek to Penn State.

"I know their fan base is crazy," Lawry said. "Every game is sold out and the atmosphere is ridiculous."

Lawry also communicates regularly with Penn State's staff, including running backs coach Charles London and linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinder, who recruits South Jersey.

"I have a good relationship with their staff," Lawry said. "We talk a lot on Facebook."

Lawry added his knowledge of Maryland is limited since contact with the school just began, but he does know more about the lone school to offer him. Temple is 25 minutes from his home.

"I visited there once and I liked it," Lawry said. "I know they're new in the Big East, and I think they're going to be a big-time team."

As Lawry jumps into the recruiting process, he will take a look at the offenses each program utilizes.

"I want a college that likes to run the ball and runs a pro-style offense, running off tackle and stuff like that," he said. "I don't really care about distance. I would like my parents to be at the game, but it's whatever is best for me."

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