Towson (Md.) Calvert Hall 2015 wide receiver Lawrence Cager is having quite the month. The 6-foot-5, 200-pounder has blown up on the recruiting trail this summer, and capped off a big week with an offer from Alabama on Sunday July 20.
“I got offered by Virginia Tech, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky,” said Cager, who also holds offers from Maryland, Wake Forest, and Rutgers among others. “It is definitely exciting to see my hard work paying off, but I am just taking everything in right now.”
The Cardinals pass catcher put on a show at Alabama’s camp last week, impressing both the coaching staff and the current Alabama players.
“I got to work out with Amari Cooper and Christion Jones and one of their 2016 wide receivers Nate [Craig], that was a great experience,” Cager said. “I worked with coach [Lane] Kiffin and coach [Billy] Napier the most, just going over routes, offensive schemes, meetings, going over playbook and stuff like that, it was a great experience.
“After camp coach [Nick] Saban told me he would call me in the next couple days, and I got a call yesterday from coach [Lane] Kiffin telling me I got the offer.”
Although Cager thought he performed well at the camp, he was still surprised when got the call from Kiffin Sunday night.
“I wasn’t expecting it [the offer], but I was really excited,” Cager said. “Coach [Lane] Kiffin he said he is looking forward to coaching me in the future and he thinks I’m one of the best wide receivers he has seen at my height since he has been coaching, so that really meant a lot to me.”
In addition to working with Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin and wide receivers coach Billy Napier, Cager spent some individual time working with Crimson Tide wide outs Amari Cooper and Christion Jones
“He [Cooper] said he liked how I use my body, and he thinks I’m one of the best big receivers that has seen in the country,” Cager said. 'He [Cooper] was giving me pointers about college school and how to handle the pressure if I ever get as big as he is and stuff. He told me that if I come to Alabama its all about business, and just to work hard.”
With all the high praise did Cager consider pull the trigger on the spot?
“Ha, I didn’t think about committing because I haven’t thought about that yet, but they are definitely up there.”
Since the beginning of the summer Cager has blown up on the recruiting scene, so where exactly does Alabama stand with the four-star pass catcher now that he has the offer?
“They will always be a top school in mind for me,” Cager said. “Coach [Nick] Saban is coach Saban, he is a legendary. He knows how to win, and build great teams…they really have a power house program.”
He added: “It is just a true family environment, coach [Nick] Saban, coach [Lane] Kiffin and coach [Billy] Napier, they all accepted me there as one of the players.”
Cager will visit Ohio State on Friday, for the Buckeyes' ‘Friday Night Lights’ camp, and he also hopes to check out Michigan at some point as well.
Although he does not have an official list at this point, Cager said Ohio State, Michigan, Alabama, and Tennessee are four at the top of his mind.
“I plan on waiting to commit, probably sometime in the middle of my season or if I get invited to an All-Star game or something like that.”
Cager Lands Alabama Offer
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