Lakers Pick Up Key Transfer

In the midst of a great run of recruits committing, Grand Valley received more good news this week as a player they had recruited out of high school but headed to the MAC instead has decided to return to his home state and play for the Lakers.

GVReport has learned that Bowling Green State University linebacker Nick Lawrence (Brighton, Mich./Brighton HS) has transferred to Grand Valley State to repair a position that was depleted due to graduation this winter.

The 2-star high school senior received interest from Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin, and received a offers from Eastern Michigan and Toledo while at Brighton. He led his team in tackles three straight seasons despite missing some games to injury as a junior.

Chris Pool of said about Lawrence, "Nick is very good in the box, he's a run stuffer and sure tackler. He also has decent hips and he launches those hips into his tackles."

Nick has bulked up to 6'3" 233 pounds since his senior year of high school, and as a senior, ran a 4.7 40-yard dash.

GVReport caught up with Nick after learning of his transfer and conducted an interview that shared his enthusiasm for joining the Laker football family.

KS: The obvious question...why the transfer? Was it a playing time issue? School issue? Coaches issue?

NL: There are a few reasons for the transfer. In the Spring, I was moved from linebacker to fullback which I wasn't very excited about and it wasn't until camp started in August did I move back to defense to yet another position. I felt like my time to develop as a player was being wasted so I decided the best thing would be to transfer to GV.

KS: Why GV over a 1-AA school or another GLIAC school?

NL: I chose GV for a few reasons. I first saw the tradition GV had when I used to go to my brothers games back when he played here in 01-02 (Nick's brother was Mike Lawrence). I talked to Cullen Finnerty, who is from my high school, about what it was like. He said he loved it and it would be a great fit for me.

KS: What do you feel are your strengths?

NL: I feel my biggest strengths are being a physical player and my ability to shed blocks.

KS: What do you feel is something you need to work on before the fall?

NL: Starting this winter and through the summer I'm going to focus on conditioning. Other then that, spring ball will be a good opportunity to learn the defense and get acclimated and build some chemistry with the team.

KS: What kind of role do you hope to play this season? Have they talked to you about what kind of playing time you'll see?

NL: GV just lost three awesome LBs to graduation and like coach Mitchell said, it really couldn't have worked out better for myself and the team. He said they needed players to fill in and step up.

KS: Do you plan to stick to LB here at GV?

NL: I will be playing LB here, most likely Mike or Will.

KS: Did GV recruit you out of high school? Were you close to coming to GV then?

NL: Coach Palowski recruited me in high school but I had a few D1 offers so we sort of went our seperate ways.

KS: Excited to be a part of the Laker tradition?

NL: I've been hyped about coming since I finally went through with it earlier this season.

KS: Main goal before graduation besides winning a title?

NL: Winning two.

We at and the rest of Laker Nation would like to welcome Nick to the family, and are looking forward to seeing the big time linebacker in his first game action at the annual Outback Steakhouse Spring Classic GVSU Football game.

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