Jake Lawler is a 2017 defensive end out of Charlotte (N.C.) South Mecklenburg and he has 60 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, and 10 sacks in 2015,
Georgia likes Lawler as a rush end/stand up linebacker in their scheme and the 6-foot-3, 225 pound junior liked what he saw in his first visit to Athens (Ga.) Saturday.
"Georgia more than met my expectations this first visit," said Lawler. "The visit was awesome and I had an incredible experience. I liked the atmosphere of the game, the way I was treated, the campus and facilities, and the overall feel there was awesome."
Lawler is an emerging junior with a high motor on the football field and he is a very smart young man. His father attended Law School at UGA, so there is a connection to the Dawgs. Georgia just offered Lawler not too long ago and the UGA staff made him feel important.
"What stood out to me the most was definitely the way the coaches treated me. I felt at home as soon as I stepped into the building.
"I talked to coach [John] Lilly (tight ends), coach [Kevin] Sherrer (outside linebackers), coach [Jeremy] Pruitt (defensive coordinator) and his wife, and coach [Mark] Richt (head coach) — they all expressed extreme intrest in me. They said they were happy to have me there and that they want me back for [another] visit.
"They said they offered me as a do-it-all linebacker."
While sitting inside Sanford Stadium, the soon-to-be Scout 300 prospect focused on the players playing his position and the game in general. He feels UGA is recruiting him to play where their top playmakers (Jordan Jenkins, Leonard Floyd, and Lorenzo Carter) play and he likes that.
Lawler does not have any favorites at this time, but UGA has put itself in a good spot after visit No. 1.
"My interest in Georgia has defintiely heightened a lot after this visit," said Lawler.