Michigan’s hunt for a big wideout may soon lead them down the path of a new up-and-coming target. Baltimore (Md.) Calvert Hall star Lawrence Cager was one of the surprise performers at The Opening last week. His showing in Beaverton was the latest in a string of summer camp performances that have his stock on the rise. A handful of programs have already jumped into the mix, but it may not be long before others follow suit.
“Rutgers has really been in contact with me,” said Cager. ”Even though I don’t have an offer to Ohio State, I probably will when I go camping at Friday Night Lights. Illinois is kind of high. Wake Forest is high. Schools I have offers from, Rutgers, Wake Forest and Oregon State. (Oregon State) is high too.”
“I just grew up an Ohio State fan,” Cager admitted. “It was my dream team and just get heavily recruited by them is a blessing and if I get offered by them, it would definitely be a top school.”
A lifelong affinity for the Buckeyes has been knows to sour some on Michigan, but that’s not true for Cager. As a matter of fact the three-star wideout found word of the Wolverines’ possible interest quite exciting.
“Michigan, if I get offered by them, they would definitely be a top school with Ohio State, he said. (The fans) might hate me, whichever one that I commit to, but hey, it all comes with the process.”
Should the Maize & Blue decide to become a stronger presence in Cager’s recruitment, he made it clear he would waste little time reciprocating. Turns out he has been warming up to the Wolverines for a little while now thanks to the efforts of one of their commitments.
“I’m close with Chris Clark,” said Cager. “He has been talking to me about Michigan. I know him through the Nike camp. He was supposed to come to The Opening. We have that wide receiver/tight end connection. During 7-on-7s we hit it off and we’ve been talking ever since.”
At this point Cager is in talking to a lot of programs. He hopes to get to know as many suitors as possible, but he knows he may not be able to take a long time doing so.
“I’m looking for a great school (with) great academics, so even if I’m out of the NFL, if make it, I can still get a job I like. (I want) a family environment (where) the fans are really (involved) and the coaches… you can go to them outside of football if you need anything. Just a great football program.”
“Maybe I’ll wait until the end (to make a decision), but the problem with signing day is that all these people committing early and it rushes (the process). I’ll probably see how long I can play it out. If I had all the offers that I had, probably mid-season I would probably make (a decision).”